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List of Famous Marine Art Paintings

Updated June 14, 2019 3 votes 2 voters 73.3k views105 items

List of the most famous marine art paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular marine art paintings on this list are considered to be some of the most recognizable works of art on the planet, so save yourself a trip to the museum and check out this artwork from the comfort of your own home. marine art is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the marine art genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

Everything from Breezing Up to Impression, Sunrise is included on this poll.

This list answers the questions, "What are examples of marine art paintings?" and "What are the most famous marine art paintings?"
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  • Impression, Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Marine Art Paintings
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    Impression, Sunrise is a painting by Claude Monet. Shown at what would later be known as the "Exhibition of the Impressionists" in April 1874, the painting is attributed to giving rise to the name of the Impressionist movement. Impression, Sunrise depicts the port of Le Havre, Monet’s hometown, and is his most famous painting of the harbor.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Claude Monet
    • Subject: Le Havre
    • Genres (Art): Marine art, Landscape art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Impressionism
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  • Nocturne: Blue and Gold – Old  is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Marine Art Paintings
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    Nocturne: Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge is a painting by the American artist James McNeill Whistler, now held in the collections of Tate Britain. It was painted around 1872–5. This painting is of the old wooden Battersea Bridge across the River Thames before it was replaced by the modern bridge. Chelsea Old Church to the left and the then recently built Albert Bridge to the right, with fireworks above, can be seen in the distance. The picture is an evening view and is full of atmospheric effect. The bridge is painted taller than it actually was for added effect. Hokusai, a favorite artist of Whistler's from Japan, produced a similar picture of a tall wooden bridge with fireworks. The... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: James Abbott McNeill Whistler
    • Genres (Art): Marine art, Landscape art
    • Art Form: Painting
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  • The Raft of the Medusa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Marine Art Paintings
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    The Raft of the Medusa is an oil painting of 1818–1819 by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault. Completed when the artist was 27, the work has become an icon of French Romanticism. At 491 cm × 716 cm, it is an over-life-size painting that depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse, which ran aground off the coast of today's Mauritania on July 5, 1816. At least 147 people were set adrift on a hurriedly constructed raft; all but 15 died in the 13 days before their rescue, and those who survived endured starvation and dehydration and practiced cannibalism. The event became an international scandal, in part because its cause... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Théodore Géricault
    • Genres (Art): Marine art, History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Romanticism
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  • The Fighting Temeraire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Marine Art Paintings
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    The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838 is an oil painting by the English artist J. M. W. Turner. It was painted in 1838 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1839. HMS Temeraire was one of the last second-rate ships of the line to have played a distinguished role in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting depicts the 98-gun ship HMS Temeraire, being towed by a paddle-wheel steam tug towards its final berth in Rotherhithe in south-east London in 1838 to be broken up for scrap. The painting hangs in the National Gallery, London, having been bequeathed to the nation by the artist in 1851. In 2005 it was voted the nation's favourite painting in a poll... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: J. M. W. Turner
    • Subject: HMS Temeraire
    • Genres (Art): Marine art
    • Art Form: Painting
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