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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky


One of the Greatest Painters Of All Time

  Russian  Academic Painter

 Artistically and Stylistically Influenced by the following Painters -  Neoclassicism Paul Delaroche,  Thomas Couture, William Bouguereau and Jacques-Louis David

Education -  St. Petersburg Academy of Arts,  Russia

Medium - oil on linen

Biography of the Artist

Raised in the Crimean countryside, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky took to art at an early age and found sketching and painting as natural as walking and talking.  His family was poor and young Ivan knew almost constant hunger and deprivation. Through the kindness of several mentors he was able to attend the prestigious St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in Russia. He excelled in marine landscapes and decided to devote his career to painting seascapes. Aivazovsky haunting visionary marine paintings evoke feelings of wonderment, timelessness, and tranquility. He never tried to render the natural seascape, but wanted to portray the emotions which the oncoming storm generates in the viewer.  He preferred to paint scenes that suggested a feeling for the passage of time, such as the break of dawn, the transition from day into night. The painter derived his colors from nature's own dramatic palette, for the sky and sea --he favored a delicate range of intervening greenish blues and shimmering shades of quiet grays.

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky Quotations

?The movement of natural elements cannot be captured by the brush: to paint lightning, a gust of wind, or the splash of a wave from nature is inconceivable." -- Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

Description of Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky 's  Academic Classicism Painting Style
Followers of this movement were influenced by the high standards of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, which practiced under the movements of
Neoclassicism and Romanticism Academic Classicism attempted to merge both techniques to create the perfect style. It is characterized by adhering to a strict manner of painting, following narrow compositional rules and delicacy of color. The atmospheric effects are sumptuously luminescent. According to art historian, Walter Pater "To produce such effects at all requires all the resources of painting, with its power of indirect expression, of subordinate but significant detail, its atmosphere, its foregrounds and backgrounds."

 Principle Painters pf the Academic Classicism Painting Movement

 Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, 1817-1900

Adolphe-William  Bouguereau1825-1905

Charles Emile August  Carolus-Duran, 1837-1917

Leon Francois Comerre,  1850-1916

Pierre-Auguste  Cot 1837-1883

Thomas Couture, 1815-1879

Paul Delaroche 1797-1856

Eugene Fromentin,  1820-1876

Jean Leon Gerome,  1824-1904

 Jean-Paul Laurens1838-1921

 Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel,  1839-1929

Luc Olivier Merson,  1846-1920

Hans Makart,  1840 - 1884

Giulio Rosati,  1858-1917

 Franz Xavier  Winterhalter, 1805-1873

William Clarke Wontner, 1857-1930

Fritz  Zuber-Buhler, 1822-1896

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