Arts Everyday Living: An Impressionist Summer—Down to the Sea Again

AN IMPRESSIONIST SUMMER

DOWN TO THE SEA AGAIN

Edward Henry Potthast, Summer Day, Brighton Beach, n.d. but probably early 20th century, oil on panel, Private Collection

I must go down to the sea again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied:

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea gulls crying.

John Masefield, Sea Fever, Excerpt

Have you heard of American artist Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1827)? He is an American Impressionist, whose base was New York City, often depicting its residents and other vacationers enjoying leisure time activities.  British writer John Masefield (1878-1967) embarked on his first ocean voyage as a youth; later he became England’s poet laureate for almost 40 years.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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