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Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with Nautical Art

We are ready to celebrate pirates with seascapes. On September 19th, tap into your inner sailor and celebrate Talk Like a Pirate day! We here at love whimsical holidays and the chance to take our minds off the serious troubles in the world. To help put you in a seaside-inspired mood, we have pulled some of the pieces from our Nautical Art Gallery for your enjoyment. Let this list help you feel the call of the ocean and give you a reason to celebrate pirates with seascapes.


Rembrandt – The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Rembrandt - The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt was painted during a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age. This style in many ways was antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe and extremely prolific and innovative. This painting depicts the journey of Jesus through a storm on the rough waters of the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy an exciting story-based piece in your own home.


William Bradford – A Sunset Calm in the Bay of Fundy

William Bradford - A Sunset Calm in the Bay of Fundy

William Bradford’s A Sunset Calm in the Bay of Fundy is a stunning example of American romanticism. The calm sea and light-filled sky capture the inspiring moment perfectly. You can watch as the sea swept vessels move out into the wide-open ocean, towards the setting sun. The way the colors dance upon the water adds an especially placid atmosphere to this painting and creates a serene setting anyone can enjoy.


Claude Monet – Impression, Sunrise

Claude Monet - Impression, Sunrise - Celebrate Pirates with Seascapes

Get lost in the beautiful haze of Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet. This unique painting features mostly muted hues that serve to truly highlight the sun bursting through and casting a gorgeous glow upon the water. Monet’s Impressionist skills are also in fine form here with swift brushstrokes capturing the subtle movements of the water and sky. Enjoy the relaxing view from your own home or office.


Edward Hopper – The Long Leg

Edward Hopper - The Long Leg - Celebrate Pirates with Seascapes

If you feel wistful for summers along the coast or a seaside getaway, you’ll love this reproduction. The Long Leg features breathtaking tones of blue contrasted by crisp white that creates a dynamic feeling and elevates an otherwise peaceful. The quiet scene to make it arresting. You can practically feel the invigorating breeze off the ocean water gazing at this painting. Experience it for yourself from the comfort of your own home.


Eugene Boudin – Antwerp, Boats on the River Scheldt

Eugene Boudin - Antwerp, Boats on the River Scheldt

Antwerp, Boats on the River Scheldt is an amazing seascape piece by Eugene Boudin. Inspired by the time spent on a ship with his father, this painter captured many nautical works in his career. This masterpiece is well-known for the use of space. Both the sea and the sky, making the boats appear diminutive in comparison. Expand your horizons with this timeless piece from a great French landscape artist.


Pierre Bonnard – Sailboat at Sunset

Pierre Bonnard - Sailboat at Sunset - Celebrate Pirates with Seascapes

Sailboat at Sunset demonstrates the dreamlike quality which Pierre Bonnard’s works are known for. The hazy view of a boat out at sea surrounded by bold blasts of light and color creates a surreal yet pleasant atmosphere in this painting. Bonnard was an accomplished Impressionist painter. He excelled in capturing the changing quality of light as he does with the light bouncing off the water in this piece. This beautiful seascape painting would bring light and color to your serene setting at home.


Vincent van Gogh – Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries

Vincent van Gogh - Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries - Celebrate Pirates with Seascapes

Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries painted by Vincent van Gogh rounds out our list. Van Gogh was unable to capture the boats at seas because he arrived too late in the day but makes the best of it by painting the boats in the sand. The boats are painted in a very two-dimensional way with bold outlines and uniform color, showing Van Gogh’s later technique. Wait for the tide to come in while relaxing in the best room of the house with this piece.

This is only a few of the many great nautical themes pieces of art we have in our gallery. There is something for any style and taste. Match it to your décor or find something to inspire a whole new makeover. Celebrate pirates with seascapes and let the tides take you away, arrgh!

About the Author

Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas, where she studied English literature and got a masters degree in library sciences. She enjoys reading, cooking and playing with her nephews. Her best friend is her little dog Brady.