Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900)
Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky made a breakthrough in art by depicting sea on a canvas in a truly atmospheric and realistic way.
Aivazovsky was fascinated with the sea from his early years, when he was at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. He was later appointed the main painter of the Russian Navy.
In total, Aivazovsky created around 6,000 paintings. The majority of his works are seascapes, battle scenes, Armenian themes, and portraits.
We have selected for you five famous paintings by the artist.
1. The ninth wave, oil on canvas (1850)
2. Brig “Mercury” attacked by two Turkish ships, oil on canvas (1892)
3. Chesmensky fight, oil on canvas (1848)
4. Rainbow, oil on canvas (1873)
5. Pushkin farewell to the sea, oil on canvas (1887)
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