“Lunny track”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – overview of the painting

“Lunny track”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – overview of the painting
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    • Posted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
    • Museum: Art Gallery. Aivazovsky, Theodosius
    • Year: 1886

Overview of the painting :

Lunar track – Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Oil on canvas.
South lunar night! The aroma of flowers and the smell of the sea is in the air, the quiet noise of the swelling waves is heard. In the ghostly white light, familiar places become mysterious, everything around is filled with magic and tender beauty. The extraordinary charm of nights has always inspired artists and poets to create amazing works. I was very fond of drawing night landscapes and Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. His works are not similar to each other, each time he found new shades and nuances in order to more fully express his mood, convey his emotions.

Before us is the “Lunar Path”, one of its most famous paintings. A full, shiny moon, low above the horizon, brightly illuminates the calm sea and the panorama of a large city spread over the hills. Her radiance, dispersing the night darkness, dyes the sky into muffled greenish-olive tones, rare clouds seem dazzling white, pale flickering stars are barely visible.

The ghostly whitewashed haze gently envelops the sleeping streets filled with moonlight, the outlines of houses are barely distinguishable. Only domes of cathedrals, and dark silhouettes of high minarets and slender cypresses are clearly visible against the sky. The city is sleeping, everything around is embraced by peace.

Barely noticeable ripples run along the emerald blue surface of a calm sea. A shiny lunar path, sparkling with silver glare and golden sparks, lies on the water. Unweighable morning fog flows over the water, hiding the far coast. Two-masted ships, having lowered their sails, quietly sway in the sea surface.

The light breeze carries coolness, the night air is filled with freshness. A slight splash of fun violates silence – a small boat approaches the sailboat. The moonlight illuminates the rowers and the standing captain well. The orange light of the lamp burns down the stern of the ship, reflected in dark water. The ship straightens the sails, preparing to go to sea.

Morning is approaching, movement is already noticeable in the bay – almost inaudible sliding along the water surface in a hurry to morning fishing small fishing boats, a smoky gray sail fills the fresh wind.

The palette is very restrained, calm turquoise, yellow-green, dark brown shades emphasize the radiance of white.

With inconspicuous strokes, laying one thin layer on the other, the master conveys a sense of measured movement of the sea, a living, sparkling luster of the moon path, weightlessness of the haze, ghostly light, dissolved in air.

The picture of a wonderful night gives us a romantic, with a touch of light sadness, a lyrical mood, but the moon shines in the sky with a magic and affectionate light.