“Entrance to Sevastopol Bay”, Aivazovsky – overview of the painting
- Posted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
- Museum: Aivazovsky Art Gallery
- Year: 1852
Overview of the painting :
Entrance to Sevastopol Bay – Aivazovsky Ivan Konstantinovich. 1852. Oil on canvas. 28.2 x 39.3 cm
The picturesque canvas “Entrance to Sevastopol Bay” of Aivazovsky depicts the historical moment when the frigate of Nicholas I entered the bay with the aim of the highest inspection of Sevastopol and the entire Black Sea Fleet.
The composition is skillfully built: the sea seems to be competing with an absolutely clear sky, which is wrapped in smoke clubs – it salute the guns, welcoming a two-masted ship with an imperial standard, leaving behind it an arched, standing at the parade, trail on a quiet and calm sea surface.
The picture on the left shows the Konstantinovskaya battery, and on the right – Alexandrovskaya. The morning sun barely breaks through the smokescreen raised by the ceremonial volleys of coastal and ship guns.
It seems that the picture itself is highlighted on the back – brightly yellow, almost lemon-colored circles diverge from the white solar spot, and the smoke takes on the flowering of exotic plants, which would seem to have specially bloomed that day in honor of a significant event.