Now I came by chance across Ivan Aivazovski (1817-1900). He, was a Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. He was born into an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosia in Crimea and was mostly based there. His genius becomes obvious in his masterly compositions of light and shadow, of light effects on water, moonlight or fire, often softened by mist or sea spray.
A primarily Romantic painter, Aivazovsky used some Realistic elements as well.
Aivazovskis paintings don't correspond, similar to those of Friedrich and different from the English Romantic landscapists, to the familiar image of Romantic painting as (merely) aesthetic expressionism. The nightmare is lurking everywhere.
|Moonlit Seascape with Shipwreck|
|The Ninth Wave|
(Probably Aivazovski's best known painting.)
|Battle of Sinop|
|Battle of Navarino|
|Downpour in Sudak|
|Jesus Walks over Water|
|Lunar Night at Spring|
|Misty Morning in Italy|
|Moonlit Night Near Yalta|
|Sailing off the Coast of Crimea in a Moonlit Night|
|Sunrise at Feodosia|
|Wrath of the Seas|
|View of the Lagoon of Venice|