Let’s get lost in the sauce, shall we? And by sauce, I mean 19th Century art that could be us today. Just think. All of the emotions we go through as partners of commercial fishermen have been shared by POCFs for centuries. Damn, we’re a tough bunch!
After Googling “commercial fishing partners” and diving into a wormhole, I came across artist Virginie Demont-Breton (1859-1935). Through oil paintings, she captured the real, everyday life of POCFs that we all can relate to (and this was back in the late 1800s)! Quick background: Virginie came from a family of French painters and started professionally painting as a teen. But it wasn’t until after she moved to the small seaside town of Wissant on the Côte d’Opale with her painter husband, Adrien Demont, that she began painting fishermen and their families.
Here are 8 of my favorites. Pay close attention to the expressions of the women. Think about what they might be thinking. Think which one do you relate with the most? You’ll notice the strong and powerful images of these women is also a reflection of you!
8 Crazy-Relatable 19th Century Art of POCFs Like Us!
1. “Fisherman’s Wife Bathing her Children”
2. “Lady on Beach Mending Fishing Net”
3. “The Doorway”
4. “Into the Water”
5. “The Man is at Sea”
6. “Her Man is at Sea” (after Demont-Breton), by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
7. “The Beach”
8. “The Tormented”