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The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America will feature 52 marine paintings and 10 maritime artifacts that explore the ways in which the early history and culture of the United States was inextricably bound to the sea. The Atlantic Ocean in particular loomed large in the American consciousness as a geographical barrier between Old and New Worlds; a conduit for the global exchange of ideas, people, and things; and a basis for national economic activity as well as personal fortune. Ranging in date from around 1750 to 1904, the works will include portraits of seafarers and vessels, seascapes and harbors views, naval battle scenes, and images of leisure and labor on the water.
This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.