Ivan Aivazovsky

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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Theodosia, Crimea, 1817 - Theodosia, 1900) was a Russian painter famous for his seascapes.

"Perhaps no one in Europe has painted the extraordinary beauty of the sea with so much feeling and expressiveness as Aivazovsky has". V. Adasov.

Some of his marine landscapes are: The Bay of Naples by Moonlight (1842), Seashore. Calm, (1843), Malta. Valetto Harbour, (1844), Tenth Wave (1850), Moonlit Night (1849), The Sea Koktebel. (1853) and Storm of the Black Sea (1854). He worked also on paintings with naval warfare as the subject. He left more than 6,000 pictures, and became the most prolific Russian painter of his time.

William Turner (1775-1851) and Aivazovsky met in Rome, in 1842. Turner had just seen, at an exhibition, some paintings by Aivazovsky and got literally overwhelmed. [1]


"Born a mortal, he left immortal memories". In his tombstone.


Petite gallery

Note: Two versions of "The Ninth Wave".


Seascape in Crimea, 1866.
Scenes of Life in Cairo, 1880s.


See also

Crash, 1876.


Ship in the Stormy Sea, 1887.
Moonlit Night, 1849.

External links

Ivan Aivazovsky's hall at the State Russian Museum


Rescue at Sea, 1872.
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