“Napolitan Bay”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – overview of the painting

“Napolitan Bay”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – overview of the painting
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    • Posted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
    • Museum: Peterhof Museum-Reserve
    • Year: 1841

Overview of the painting :

Neapolitan Bay – Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Oil on canvas. 73 x 108 cm
After graduating from the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky goes for an internship in Italy. The magnificent nature, the beauty of the coast so fascinated the painter that he will write Italian landscapes throughout his life.

With excellent visual memory, he will be able to convey all his impressions in his paintings, portraying what he saw in great detail, passing all the finest shades of color, the play of light and shadows.

This is one of the paintings he wrote during his first trip to Italy – a view of the Gulf of Naples.

South warm evening. The azure color of the high sky darkens, becoming blue. Through the tears of low dense clouds gathering at the horizon, the setting sun shines brightly. His rays paint the skies in gentle lemon-yellow shades, reflecting on calm sea surface. And only the horizon itself shows light lilac shadows that make the transition from the water surface to the airy. Pale-lilic outlines of the islands dissolve in the haze, barely noticeable in the foggy gave white sails.

A small ripple is visible on the sea, trembling, shifting with warm golden-antar colors, a solar track.

Slightly swaying on the waves, a two-mast ship is anchored. Almost all the sails are already lowered, the team is waiting for a night rest. Blue shadows lie on a large canopy covering the deck from the scorching sun. Getting ready to set sail the last boat. A weak wind barely moves the red flag on a high mast.

A small boat approaches the shore, rowers work harmoniously. Fatigue fishermen are sitting nearby relaxed. Silence, peace. The noise of the evening city is heard from the shore, the heated air is filled with the fresh smell of the sea. The screams of snow-white gulls, low flying over almost imperceptible waves, are heard. Evening shadows fall on the water, and only solar bunnies still play sea ripples, but shine on water drops, breaking off the blades of fun.

A feature characteristic of the artist’s work is the minimum of colors: blue, yellow and brown. However, thanks to his picturesque skill and talent, he manages to create such a variety of shades, to make the transitions between them so inconspicuous, which makes the landscape filled with warm sunlight, the present, living sea breathes measuredly, with gentle scorching colors shines the sky.

The picture fascinates with its quiet charm, soft enthusiasm and romanticism, delights with its naturalness, the harmony of man and the sea.