Analysis and overview of the painting Aivazovsky “Ninth Val”

Analysis and overview of the painting Aivazovsky “Ninth Val”
Analysis and overview of the painting Aivazovsky "Ninth Val" - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1850

Overview of the painting :

The ninth shaft is Aivazovsky. 1850. Oil on canvas. 221 x 332 cm

   Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900) is an outstanding master of the sea landscape (marina) of the middle – the second half of the 19th century. Born near the sea, in Theodosius, the artist throughout his life remained faithful to his favorite element, devoting to her all his many years of creativity.

   The picture “Ninth Val”, created in 1850, immediately became the most famous of all its marinas and was acquired by Nicholas I. Famous collector P. M. Tretyakov became interested in the successes of Aivazovsky, tracked his works at exhibitions and attended a workshop of a painter in Theodosius. In one of the enthusiastic letters to the artist Tretyakov wrote: “ …give me only your magical water that would completely convey your incomparable talent! .. I really want to have your picture in my collection as soon as possible!”.

   The sea, formed after a night storm, barely translating its spirit, should meet with the ninth shaft. According to legend, it is he who is the climax of storms. Surviving exhausted sailors cling to the wreckage of the ship. The sky, sunshine, seemed to promise them victory.

   Such works are created in happy moments of creative growth. Following the picture, Aivazovsky wrote a series of “storms” (Ship among the stormy sea, Rainbow). They alternate with images of a calm elemental sea, giving out in their author the last representative of the painting of the Romanticism era.