ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Ivan Aivazovsky, 1817-1900
Survivors from a Shipwreck (1846), The Landing at Subashi (1839), Harbour at Odessa on the Black Sea (n.d.)
At this moment in time, I really should be doing my dissertation. But alas, Artist of the Week calls!
So this week, I’ve gone for one of my favourite seascape painters, the Russian Ivan Aivazovsky. Aivazovsky was born in Crimea to an Armenian family and studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art. His body of work is exceptional, and constitutes around 6000 paintings, and he is credited with being one of the most forged painters of all time. He frequently painted the waters of the Black Sea and would often spend hours outside observing, before returning to his studio to paint in the details of the scene.