Many artists prefer to work in kind, without making sketches in advance. Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky was different from everyone - he preferred to write from memory. The basis of it was his own fluent full-scale sketches.
"Moonlit Night in Crimea" was written by the artist in the winter. In the picture, we see the depicted summer calm evening. The date of birth of the painting is February 1853. Painted on canvas with oil. The size of the painting is 40x56 centimeters.
This was an early period of the creative career of the artist Aivazovsky. Thanks to the use of muted green, bluish colors, he managed to convey how beautiful the summer night is, the silence, calm and romance of the southern coast of Crimea.
In the picture, we see small clouds floating over the bay in Gurzuf, the moon quietly dozing over Ayu-Dag, illuminating the Genevez-Kai and the ruins of the fortress destroyed in antiquity, which are located on it. Light from the moon illuminates the expanse of the sea, towering cliffs and ships that stand in the bay.
The middle of the XIX century for the artist is distinguished by a particularly successful period in his work. Despite the fact that from 1853 to 1856. in Crimea there was a war, Aivazovsky did not stop creating. We see in the picture a reflection of his tranquility, a romantic landscape.
Aivazovsky, an outstanding artist, a marine painter preferred to paint seascapes. Among his works there are several with a similar name, "Moonlit Night."
Since 1994, artist's paintings have been sold at art auctions, with a total value of more than several million US dollars.
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