From the Carmel Coastline to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, from the high seas of the Atlantic Ocean to the Lake Michigan shore, people seek out bodies of water. And let’s not forget the Rhine River and the little pond next door. We live along shores and embankments, we cruise and play on seas, rivers, and lakes. But mostly we find calm and solace looking at mighty waters, whether they are glassy and calm, or rough and tumbling. It is no surprise that what is known historically as marine art, and many of us call seascapes are such a prevalent genre in the history of art. Printmakers have gone through great lengths to express their admiration for water, as it meets land, sky, or in more elemental form. This grouping of works of art is an ode to this subject matter.
Frank Weston BENSON