One of two current exhibitions at the Huntington Library features Great Britain and its relationship to the sea. Maritime travel was the way to get around and keep the nation functioning, which was recognized by various painters. The Van de Veldes, father-son painters, helped propel the maritime painting into a common theme.
"Britain and the Sea: Maritime Drawings and Watercolors from The Huntington's Art Collections" explores the contribution of the Van de Veldes, Dutch marine painters, who served at the court of Charles II in 1673. Other artists also caught on to the trend and started to paint their own interpretations. Maritime paintings include the Royal Navy and its power over the sea and defending its country, as well as ships used to keep trade and business alive. Many of these paintings helped shape the identity of Great Britain.
The exhibition will be on display until February 18, 2013. While visiting, also check the other exhibition, "Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow," two Los Angeles-based painters and sculptors with their own twist on European art. The Huntington Library is open every day, except Tuesday. More information can be found on the website.