Cultured Wednesday: Aivazovsky’s Moon Night

Worthy of Aivazovsky’s brush…

This Armenian Romantic painter did primarily seascapes, mighty impressive ones, but also cityscapes and portraits.  His most famous painting, The Ninths Wave, is very impressive, but for today, we picked a coast-scape, so to speak, titled Moon Night, painted in 1885:

moon night

Hovhannes Aivazian, later Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, born 29 July 1817, died 2 May 1900, is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art.  He was born in the Black Sea port of Feodosia in Crimea and was mostly based there.

Aivazovsky was well-regarded during his lifetime.  The saying “worthy of Aivazovsky’s brush”, popularized by Anton Chekhov, was used in Russia for describing something lovely, and the painter remains highly popular in Russia today.

So let yourself be drawn into the atmosphere of the picture and stay awhile on the shore, watching the boats in the moonlight.



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