Celebrated Dutch landscape painter Vincent Van Gogh presents a wonderfully calm scene in his painting Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries. Not only does the simple painting show us how beautiful the boats are, it also shows us the splendour of the turquoise sea. The relaxing scene makes the viewer imagine lying down and enjoying the sunshine.
The colours Van Gogh uses to depict the beachside scene are very bright and clear, and these reinforce the calm atmosphere of the painting. The bold colours reveal that it is a sunny day, and the one-tone orange for the sand suggests that the waves have washed over, leaving the beach clean and fresh. A deep blue is used to convey both the sky and the sea, creating a virtual reflection on the right side of the painting where the two meet.
The subject matter of the painting is based at the seaside where there is a sea and boats are surrounding it, and this simple view is a pleasure to look at.
To conclude, Van Gogh’s painting captures the joy of a summer day beside the sea. The only thing that’s missing is a few children and some sandcastles!