York Art Gallery

26 July 2019 – March 2020

This summer, explore the coastal landscapes, crashing ocean waves and hidden mermaids in a special exhibition revealing our close relationship with the sea.

Coast to Coast takes you on a voyage through the history of sea paintings from the Dutch Golden Age spanning the 17th century, through 18th century Romantic paintings with stormy settings and atmospheric skies, up to the modern interpretations of the 20th century.

The show includes work by Henry Moore, Anton Mauve and Paul Nash as well as an Under The Sea Cave, where families can dive into to try activities related to the exhibition’s themes.

Fiona Green, curatorial assistant at the gallery, said: “Summer is the season many of us take a pilgrimage to the coast and to coincide with this we have put some of our favourite seascapes on show. Over the centuries artists have been fascinated with telling the story of our relationship with the sea and, as an island nation, with a rich maritime history, this is especially important to our past stories.

“We hope people will come and enjoy exploring these themes and the ways artists depict the dramatic moods of the oceans which we find so alluring.”

The exhibition is included in the exhibition price, which is free to YMT Card Holders.

Seascapes rose in popularity as a subject for artists around 1790 and can include anything from oceans and beaches, to coastlines and nautical scenes. Over the centuries artists have been fascinated with telling the story of our relationship with the sea and, as an island nation, with a rich maritime history, this is especially important to our past stories.

This selection of seascapes from the collections of York Art Gallery will take you on a voyage of the history of sea paintings from the Dutch Golden Age spanning the 17th century, through 18th century Romantic paintings with stormy settings and atmospheric skies, up to the modern interpretations of the 20th century.

Discover coastlines from Venice to Dover, smooth beaches and shipwrecks, stormy seas, and tranquil waters. You can also explore under the sea where you might encounter fish, mermaids and more!

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