The 200th Anniversary of Ivan Aivazovsky's Birth
The name Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky is well known throughout the art world because this name belongs to Armenian and Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest marine artists in history. His works are extremely popular with the viewers and also are considered as real decoration of the museum collections in Russia, Armenia and all over the world.
Throughout his lifetime, Aivazovsky contributed over 6,000 paintings to the art world, ranging from his early landscapes of the Crimean countryside to the seascapes and coastal scenes for which he is most famous. Aivazovsky was especially effective at developing the play of light in his paintings, sometimes applying layers of color to create a transparent quality, a technique for which they are highly admired.
Today, Aivazovsky’s paintings have been auctioned off for millions of dollars and have been printed on postage stamps for Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia. Perhaps it is also to his lasting legacy that he is said to be one of the most forged of all Russian artists.
In honor of Aivazovsky’s 200th anniversary, the State Russian & Armenian Museums present very special exhibitions in all over the world.