Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900): The Rainbow, 1873, 105 х 136

Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900): The Rainbow, 1873, 105 х 136

12/4/2021, 3:04:26 PM
Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900): The Rainbow, 1873, 105 х 136 cm, Oil on canvas, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow The entire art of Ivan Aivazovsky, the most influential marine painter in the Russian art of the 19th century, is imbued with features of romanticism. The artist often depicted storms, tempests, shipwrecks. He was attracted by the unusual effects of light reflected on the surface of water, and his interest in the rainbow, romanticists’ favorite motif, was not accidental. In this painting by Aivazovsky, the rainbow hovering over a stormy sea encolours water splashes, and the sea water showing through them takes on a pinkish hue. A high wave hides the skyline, and the sea element, transformed by the rainbow light and against which the people fleeing from a sinking ship battle, becomes the main character of the canvas. (Tretyakov Gallery)

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