Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky is regarded as the master of seascapes. In his lifetime he dedicated himself to this motif as a metaphor for life, desire as well as the struggle between nature and culture.

In 2011 for the first time the Bank Austria Kunstforum showed a retrospective of the artist outside of Russia and the Ukraine. Fifty representative paintings were on display, among them main works from the Aivazovsky Museum in Feodosia and the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg that have never been shown abroad.

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