Reproduction of classical paintings by Aivazovsky painted in oil on canvas. All works by Aivazovsky entirely hand painted.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian painter) 1817 - 1900
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky was a Russian Romantic painter considered one of the greatest masters of marine art.
Named Hovhannes Aivazian, he was born to an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosia in Crimea, where he remained mainly based. After studying at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Aivazovsky traveled to Europe and lived briefly in Italy in the early 1840s.
He then returned to Russia and was appointed Chief Painter of the Russian Navy. He had close ties with the military and political elite of the Russian Empire and often witnessed military maneuvers.
He was state-sponsored and well regarded during his lifetime. The saying "worthy of Aivazovsky's brush", popularized by Anton Chekhov, was used in Russia to describe something beautiful.
It remains very popular in Russia. One of the most prominent Russian artists of his time, Aivazovsky was also widely known outside of Russia. He made numerous personal exhibitions in Europe and the United States. During his nearly 60-year career, he would paint approximately 6 paintings, making him one of the most prolific artists of his time.
The vast majority of his works are seascapes, but he often depicted battle scenes, Armenian themes, and portraits. Most of Aivazovsky's works are kept in Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian museums as well as in private collections.
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