All his life, the sea remained the object of unflagging love for Aivazovsky. His paintings are a kind of marine encyclopedia, from which you can learn in detail how the sea element looks and behaves at any time of the day, at any time of the year and in any weather.
This seascape was created by Aivazovsky in 1853, during the period of the rapid rise of his creative activity. The picture well reflects the spontaneity of the artist’s feelings and the romantic mood with which his work was imbued in this period of his life.
In the picture we see a view of the Koktebel Bay during sunset. Almost the entire area of the canvas is occupied by an image of an agitated sea and a high sky in lush clouds. In the distance you can see the graceful silhouette of the legendary Kara-Dag. The thin crescent of the month has already appeared in the sky. Everything around is flooded with the golden-pink light of the setting sun.
Waves slowly roll onto the shore. The air is fresh and clear. A small sailboat struggling with the increasing wind emphasizes the romantic mood of the canvas.
The canvas “Sea” is distinguished by the completeness of the composition and high skill of execution. Aivazovsky skillfully conveys the transparency of a greenish wave. When she runs ashore, the coastal sand is clearly visible through the lace of her foam.
The bright, artistically executed painting “Sea. Koktebel “is one of the most expressive and perfect paintings of the artist.
Year of painting: 1853.
Dimensions of the painting: 85 x 121 cm.
Writing technique: oil.
Gallery: Feodosia Art Gallery named after I.K.Aivazovsky, Feodosia, Crimea.