Art: The Elusive Ocean

O to have been brought up on bays, lagoons, creeks, or along the coast.

—Walt Whitman

The sea has always been an intoxicating experience for the artist. Tranquil and turbulent, uncontrollable and cruel, the ocean eludes him in a way that other scenes do not. Landscapes are firm and familiar; still lifes intimate. Portraits, by their very nature, are personal. But the seascape must represent the aloof and detached ocean, and it is this defiant refusal to bend to man's control that has driven painters to conquer the sea on canvas. In a refreshing summertime...

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