Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky loved seascape paintings. A Crimean native, he was born in Feodosia, a port town, and thus had Black Sea’s great waters as a constant companion. This 19th century Russian Armenian painter had real knack for depicting waves and seascapes. Light and translucent, the beautiful paintings perfectly capture the essence of the real thing. Many of these oil paintings featured a human element, too, with ships showing the struggle between man and nature.

During his career, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky painted more than 6000 paintings, half of which depict sea and ships. He often went to watch naval maneuvers and even painted the siege of Sevastopol. The famous painter was widely recognized even outside the Russian Empire, receiving awards for his classical paintings from France, Turkey, and others.

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