Standing on the shoulders of giants http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/15512-landscape-with-diana-and-orion-nicolas-poussin.html Poussin painting.
Anselm Kiefer Powerful German artist. Specifically interesting are his lead naval ships paintings. Velimir Khlebnikov. Russian futurist, inspired Anselm Kiefers paintings with his cyclical history view, specifically that the world is interrupted ever 317 years by major sea battles. Also worth investigating his Kabbalah references and the breaking of the seven vessels, the real life of plants with animistic leanings, his use of stars, nordic runes, inspirations of Heidegger, Nietzsche, Musil, and above all the poetry of Celan.