Artist Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900) was born and grew up in Black Sea port of Feodosia in the Crimean thus the sea became a constant inspiration. Following his education at the Imperial Academy of Arts, he travelled Europe and briefly lived in Italy before returning to his native land. He was sponsored by the imperial family and his reputation was well-regarded. The playwright Anton Chekhov coined the phrase “worthy of Aivazovsky’s brush” when describing something “ineffably lovely”.
During his 60 year career Ivan produced over 6,000 paintings, the vast majority featuring the sea. His seascapes, painted from memory, are truly staggering. The translucent waves and rollers verge on hyperrealism with a photographic quality that has never been bettered.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky