In the heyday of Russian culture of the 19th century, the formation of the great painter Ivan Aivazovsky. He was born in a coastal city, in Feodosia.
From childhood, the boy’s life was filled with the sound of the surf, overflow of sun glare on the water, ships moored to the shore. And so the young talent was born a passion for drawing. He liked to draw whole episodes on charcoal houses with coal. His talent was noticed and appreciated by the local mayor, and later helped to enter the Simferopol gymnasium, and later the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
During the years of study, Aivazovsky met the French artist Tanner, and this meeting became crucial in the creative activity of the future genius of the brush. The master taught Aivazovsky all the rules and techniques of a magnificent image of water. At the end of his studies, for brilliant results in completing his graduation work, he was awarded a gold medal, which gave him the opportunity to realize his creative potential abroad.
Aivazovsky could so accurately convey the breath of the sea and its movement that he managed to create his own style in the depiction of a poetic image of an infinite element, to which he was faithful all his life.
In his paintings, you can often see people who admire all the splendor of natural beauty. After all, man, in his conviction, is an integral part of the universe.
The artist was distinguished by an individual method of depicting paintings from memory, without etudes. He did only pencil sketches.
Titanic effort was accompanied by the writing of large-sized canvases. Representing the sky and the air, he could draw until late at night in order to finish the work in one session. Thanks to diligence and falling in love with the sea, he brilliantly comprehended the transmission of airiness and the integrity of the color rendering of the sky.
The image of water in his paintings meant an endless, harsh, swaying ocean and sky.
As he said: "The sea is my life."
Carrying the cross