Powerful romantic oil waterscapes by Ivan Aivazovsky
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky is a world-known Russian painter and one of the greatest marine artists of all times. His fascinating paintings have been admired for more than a century now for their incredible exactness and dramatic rendition.
Aivazovsky's paintings were unique: the artist coped to combine the power and emotions of romanticism with the exactness and authenticity of realism. His contemporaries believed Aivazovsky possessed an incredible memory for details, as he painted most of his sea-pieces from his reminiscences.
Aivazovsky was born in Feodosia, Crimea in 1817. His early works include Crimean landscapes, depicting grand port cities and countryside. Nowadays Yalta is one of the most beautiful resort cities on the south coast of the Crimean Peninsula.
#2 Sea coast at night
The artist was always good at depicting light and shadows.
#3 Among the waves
Aivazovsky, actually, wasn't a free painter. He worked for the Maritime Headquarters and depicted the important events, as there were no TV or cameras yet.
But still his works include even Biblical stories. This one depicts the Creation.
#5 The Siege of Sevastopol, 1855
One of the most important events of the Crimean War.
#6 Shipwreck at rocks
Aivazovsky didn't just depict seascapes. He showed people's eternal struggle with the superior powers of nature.
#7 A Ship In The Stormy Sea
#8 After the Storm
His works were recognizable, but each of the paintings still had its own mood and story.
#9 a Mill on the beach
They say, Aivazovsky was unlucky in love. But he was a true and recognized genius. Aivazovsky was known and respected in his lifetime.
#10 The ninth wave
His best known work depicts people facing the death amid the heavy sea. Nature is both beautiful and destructive, and we are so weak in front of it. Isn't it the main thing Aivazovsky was trying to show?
Aivazovsky died on the 2nd of May, 1900. One of the most prolific painters of all times, he will definitely remain in the history of art for a long time.
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