Aivazovsky Ivan – “Calm Sea”

The time of creation of the painting “Calm Sea” falls on the rise of Ivan Aivazovsky’s creativity. Like almost all of the artist’s works, the canvas is filled with marine motifs, but from all the others, this picture differs in its emotional maturity, although it was painted in a controversial period of the artist’s work – at that moment the artist was undergoing a reassessment of moral values.

The work is done in oil, and very well conveys the play of light and sea water. Masterfully and unobtrusively, as if by chance, the artist directs the viewer’s gaze from the sea water to the ship, which is located near the coast. Due to the large amount of sunlight near the ship, it does not take on the main focus of the picture, making the canvas weightless and fragile at the same time. The sea surface and calm – this is the canvas of this work, and everything around is an organic addition. In contrast to the majestic calmness of the sea, Aivazovsky adds the bustle of people on the shore, thereby giving even more significance and emphasizing the “main character” of the picture – the sea calmness.

Year of painting: 1863.

Dimensions of the painting: 45 x 58 cm.

Material: canvas.

Writing technique: oil.

Genre: Marina.

Style: romanticism.

Gallery: no data.

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