On a Painted Ocean: Art of the Seven Seas

On a Painted Ocean: Art of the Seven Seas

by Peter Neill, James A. Randall, Suzanne Demisch
     
 

If our world can be divided into three parts—sea, land, and sky—the sea is, of the three, the most alien and mysterious. Characterized by movement and change, by random patterns of light and dark, by transcendental calm and tempestuous anger, the sea assaults our senses and stokes our imagination.

A spectacular portfolio, Peter Neill's On a Painted

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If our world can be divided into three parts—sea, land, and sky—the sea is, of the three, the most alien and mysterious. Characterized by movement and change, by random patterns of light and dark, by transcendental calm and tempestuous anger, the sea assaults our senses and stokes our imagination.

A spectacular portfolio, Peter Neill's On a Painted Ocean contains images from around the world that revel in the visual language of the ocean. Captured in this full-color volume are some of the great classics, and undiscovered treasures, of maritime art. The work of the 17th and 18th century Dutch and English masters are featured alongside a number of less familiar works, many heretofore outside the established marine tradition. Sculpted figures from Africa, painted bowls from ancient Greece, wall murals from pre-Columbian Mexico, tomb decorations from Egypt, and manuscripts from Arabia join the European masters in evoking the force and beauty of the sea. The book's essays take readers from exploration to war, from conflict to commerce, from sustenance to trade, from wreck to technological revolution, examining along the way historical depictions and folk tales, chronicles of endurance, some celebrations, and many tragedies.

For anyone who has ever set sail or merely admired the oceans and its vessels from shore, On a Painted Ocean will instill a greater appreciation of the maritime world.

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The author is president of New York's South Street Seaport Museum. In an oversize, square format (11.25x11.25"), 150 maritime images selected from world art accompany his short essays on the history, mystery, and poetry of the sea. Some of the reproductions are predictable masterpieces--the work of 17th and 18th century Dutch and English masters; others are less familiar works from well-known artists; and still others are by artists outside the marine tradition or little known outside their countries. The book begins with tomb paintings from an early Egyptian dynasty and ends with a work by a 20th century Abstract Expressionist. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814757871
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
11.39(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.83(d)

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