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Lifespan: 1817 - 1900
Nationality: Russian painter
Gender: male
Collection: 226 paintings

Ivan Aivazovsky was a Russian-born artist of Armenian heritage. He was born into a poor family in Crimea in 1817 and worked diligently at his artwork from childhood in order to secure a place in a school called Simferopol gymnasium and then later the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, where he graduated with a prestigious gold medal. Other than these brief details, there is little knowledge which exists to give us a more complete picture of Ivan Aivazovsky’s early life, family, and training in art. The only additional knowledge about his schooling in art is that it is known that he received in major gold medal in 1837 from his school for one of his paintings which gave him a scholarship opportunity to travel abroad in order to expand his knowledge of masterpieces in art as well as present a new host of potential subjects for his own work.


Ivan Aivazovsky used this opportunity to travel to the Crimean coast which reaffirmed his interest in creating a collection of oil paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky which were marine and seascape-based subject matter. Ivan Aivazovsky’s primary interest in art was the portrayal of landscapes and especially sea-scapes or maritime paintings. 

The paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky are considered to belong to the Romantic movement in art due to their formal qualities and the era in which he lived. Prized by many, the oil paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky would provide him a rich career in which he was commissioned as a court painter for several Ottoman Sultans of the time and these works still remain in prestigious display places around the area. Because of the huge amount of success he found in painting, the Russian Navy soon grew aware of the prestigious marine painter from their country and provided him with a title and historical commissions to record many of the Russian fleet’s expeditions for the glorification of the nation of Russia and its Navy. 

The oil paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky were a great inspiration to later marine painters in Europe and around the world. Particularly, the English painter J.W.M. Turner found great inspiration in the Ivan Aivazovsky paintings. The total body of work of Ivan Aivazovsky artwork left after his death numbered in the six thousands. With the great amount of financial success that Ivan Aivazovsky gained through the popularity and respect for his artwork, he returned a great portion of it to his hometown where he founded an art school and provided other charitable causes with financial assistance. The most famous and enduring Ivan Aivazovsky oil paintings are: Chaos (The Creation), Ninth Wave, Storm, The Harbor at Odessa on the Black Sea, Italian Landscape, Fishing Boats in a Harbor, View of the Ayu Dag, Crimea, Noah Descending from Ararat, Brig Mercury Attacked by Two Turkish Ships, and Gondolier at Sea by Night. These paintings are important contributions to the genre of marine painting and remain especially significant in the artistic culture of Russia, for whom Ivan Aivazovsky remains the most famous marine painter, as well as one of the most well-respected artists in general from the nation.


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A Conversation On The Shore Dusk Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Conversation On The Shore Dusk

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A Lunar night Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Lunar night

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A Lunar night At the spring Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Lunar night At the spring

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A Lunar night in the Constantinople Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Lunar night in the Constantinople

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A Lunar night in the Crimea Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Lunar night in the Crimea

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A Lunar night on a sea Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Lunar night on a sea

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A Lunar night on Capri Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Lunar night on Capri

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A Lunar night on the Black sea Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Lunar night on the Black sea

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A Lunar night on the Bosphorus Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Lunar night on the Bosphorus

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A Moonlit View of the Bosphorus Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Moonlit View of the Bosphorus

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A Rocky Coastal Landscape in the Aegean with Ships in the Distance (detail) Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

A Rocky Coastal Landscape in the Aegean with Ships in the Distance (detail)

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Acropolis of Athens Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Acropolis of Athens

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After shipwreck Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

After shipwreck

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Aivasovsky Unspecified Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Aivasovsky Unspecified

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Alexander II Crossing the Danube Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Alexander II Crossing the Danube

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Among a waves Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Among a waves

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Arrival Peter the First on river Neva Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Arrival Peter the First on river Neva

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At night Blue wave Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

At night Blue wave

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At night Smugglers Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

At night Smugglers

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Azure Grotto Naples Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Azure Grotto Naples

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Bathing of a sheeps Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Bathing of a sheeps

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Battle in the Chios Channel Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Battle in the Chios Channel

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Battle near Sinop Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Battle near Sinop

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Battle near Sinop At Night Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Battle near Sinop At Night

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Battle of Ayesme at Night Paintings | Ivan Aivazovsky paintings

Battle of Ayesme at Night

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