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Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries

by Vincent van Gogh

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Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries - Description

Painted in a straightforward, realistic style "Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries" is part of a series of paintings the artist created during a stay in the coastal town in 1888. This painting, Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries, shows a series of four boats on the shore, in a nearly straight line. The masts of the ships are nearly in line, with the fishing lines pointing out to the horizon to another series of four ships still in the water. No humans are visible in this painting, although there are footprints circling the ships on the shore, shown in bright yellow paint. The sky above is a shimmering, dusky gray executed in puffy brushstrokes. The sea is the same color as this sky in the lower right of the painting, deepening to bright blue near the horizon. Vincent van Gogh painted this work during a time of experimentation. As he wrote to Emile Bertrand, "More and more it seems to me that the paintings that ought to be made, the paintings that are necessary, indispensable for painting today to be fully itself and to rise to a level equivalent to the serene peaks achieved by the Greek sculptors, the German musicians, the French writers of novels, exceed the power of an isolated individual, and will therefore probably be created by groups of men combining to carry out a shared idea" (http://www.vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let622/letter.html). Vincent van Gogh was trying out different styles, looking for that perfected voice.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Seascapes
Style: Post-Impressionism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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