Arthur Beaumont “Art of the Sea” and “Sea & Shore” Plein Air Paintings On Display for a Limited Time at Maritime Museum of San Diego

February 23 – September 30, 2019

Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to 500 years of seafaring history and a collection of historic vessels and exhibits, from sail to steam to submarine and more, is proud to announce the opening of two new exhibits for maritime and art enthusiasts Saturday, February 23 – September 30, 2019. The new exhibitions will be included with general admission ticket purchase and located aboard the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley Gould Eddy and Compass galleries.

Arthur Beaumont’s “Art of the Sea” curated by The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine will be open in the Gould Eddy gallery, located on the lower deck of the Berkeley.

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2017 Book Announcement. Arthur Beaumont: Art of the Sea

Written by the artist's youngest son, Geoffrey Cambell Beaumont, this fully illustrated book is the definitive study of this important artist. As part of the family, the author drew on the family archives, personal anecdotes, and firsthand knowledge to create an intimate and thorough account for both the man and the artist. With an introduction by James Irvine Swinden, a preface by James W.Cheevers and a foreword by Russel S.Penniman IV, the publication is 272 pages in length, 9 1/2 * 12 1/2 inches, and profusely illustrated with color plates and black/white archival photographs. Published by the Irvine Museum in 2016.

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Pricing: Hardbound $60.00, Softbound $30.00

Arthur Beaumont

Although Arthur Beaumont was not an American citizen by birth, he felt deep love and respect for his adopted country. His classical training as an artist and his fascination with the sea and the vessels which sail upon her led Beaumont into an association with the U.S. Navy which lasted nearly five decades. The relationship began in the early 1930s, when he was commissioned to paint formal portraits of several Naval Officers, including Admiral William D. Leahy. Leahy suggested that Beaumont paint studies of the Fleet for the Navy. At once Beaumont recognized the opportunity to record history and to create fine works of art simultaneously, as Henry Reuterdahl (1870-1925) had done for the Navy during World War I. Thus his art acquired purpose and meaning, allowing him to express creatively the patriotism evoked by his adopted land. In 1933 Arthur Beaumont received his commission as a lieutenant in the United States Navy and was appointed as the official artist of the United States Fleet. He served in an official capacity and as a freelance artist for the Navy until his death 45 years later, in 1978.

A Word From the Artist's Son

My early memories of my father are crowded with the events surrounding the conclusion of World War II. Through the eyes of an eight year old boy, in 1945, I witnessed the return of the victorious U.S. Pacific Fleet to its home bases in California, and I was thrilled to accompany my father as he responded to the countless invitations by captains and admirals to visit their commands. Beau would invariably spend two or three hours on the dock sketching the ever-changing Navy scenes. The working conditions were frequently difficult. Apart from the occasional inclement weather, the undertaking always attracted a crowd of admirers. The assemblage watched in amazement at the speed with which he would complete a fine watercolor sketch of a great Iowa class battleship or an equally impressive Essex class aircraft carrier, many of which had just recently survived the constant risk of a Kamikaze attack. The turmoil of the noisy shipyard activities made it difficult to sustain concentration, yet the result was an exciting stream of "plein air" works of art...Read more