Art and Faith

Friday, 6 June 2008

Ivan Aivazovsky. The Ninth Wave. 1850

Filed under: 19th century,fine art,Russian,seascape/marine themes — 01varvara @ 00.00

The Ninth Wave (Ivan Aivazovsky, 1850)

This is the most famous painting by Aivazovsky, and if he had painted nothing else, it would earn him a place amongst the greats. The shipwrecked mariners huddled on the broken spar are waiting for the “ninth wave”, the mother of all swells that could overwhelm them. I like the play of colours in this piece.

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