- Date of birth: 29 Jul 1817
- Date of death: 5 may 1900
- Country: Russia
This name received the baptism of the future great Russian artist Aivazovsky Ivan Konstantinovich. The boy loved to draw since childhood, but the family was poor, and would not see Russia a great artist, if not mayor of Feodosiya A. I. Kaznacheev. It Aivazovsky was adopted first in the gymnasium in Simferopol, and then in the St. Petersburg art Academy. In St. Petersburg Aivazovsky quickly became “his”: communicates with Briullov, Glinka, Krylov.
The fate of Aivazovsky became the sea. The first marine sketches the artist wrote back in the Academy, some of them were awarded. But the biography of the Russian artist, perhaps, would have been quite different if, in 1838, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky not be gone for two years in the Crimea. At this time, Aivazovsky met with future naval heroes of Russia – Nakhimov, Lazarev, Kornilov. Familiarity affects creativity: it’s not just sea sketches, and paintings of battles.
In 1840, Aivazovsky went abroad, where so fruitful work, so clearly reveals his talent, which was awarded the gold medal of the French art Academy and become a knight of the Legion of honor.
In 1844 Aivazovsky returned to Russia and became an academician. However, the life of St. Petersburg was not to his liking , so he married Julia Graves, the artist bought a plot of land in Feodosia and moved there. To this marriage were born four daughters, but after 11 years the couple separated.
Feodosia for Aivazovsky became not only a symbol but also a real father, with his participation was built by the port, railroad, solved the problem with the supply of drinking water to the city. Aivazovsky died in 1900, surrounded by family and loved ones.