Celebrating one of the greatest seascape artists in history

Ivan Aivazovsky born 29 July 1817 – 2nd May 1900 was a Russian Painter who is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the sea throughout history. Born into an Armenian family, Ivan was mostly based in Crimea but following his education he traveled through Europe stopping for a time in Italy.

  The ninth wave, 1850, Ivan Aivazovsky

The ninth wave, 1850, Ivan Aivazovsky

On his return to Russia Ivan was appointed as the main painter for the Russian Navy, he was sponsored by the state and was well regarded during his lifetime often going on military maneuvers.

Ivan’s work is normally exhibited in several galleries throughout Russia but to mark what would have been his 200th birthday all of his work has been brought to Moscow where it is being shown the Tretyakov gallery until the 20th November 2016

  Amidst the waves, 1898, Ivan Aivazovsky

Amidst the waves, 1898, Ivan Aivazovsky