“Shipwreck”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, 1884 – overview of the painting

“Shipwreck”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, 1884 – overview of the painting
“Shipwreck”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, 1884 - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
  • Museum: State Art Gallery of Armenia
  • Year: 1884

Overview of the painting :

Shipwreck – Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Oil on canvas.
   You can admire the sea endlessly, it is always different: pouring like a precious blue stone on a sunny summer day or flaming in the rays of sunset, lead gray on a cloudy day or almost black in a thunderstorm. Strong gusts of wind come to replace the full calm, and now huge water shafts are rising where there was recently a calm mirror surface.

   Beloved in the marine element, who knows it well, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created many landscapes, each of which is filled with his mood.

   Often he returned to the image of people at the time of the struggle against the elements of the sea. Not every ship can withstand a hurricane: sails are torn, masts are broken, water splashes in the holds. The crew and passengers have only one thing left – to leave the sinking ship and try to escape on boats. Such a moment was captured by the painter in this picture.

   The storm subsides a little. The wind blows dark blue clouds, a bright white and yellow strip of the rising sun is visible in the azure sky, the morning light of the dawn dyes the light clouds in the gently pink shades.

   The raging sea is brightening, changing its color from lead-sharp, almost black, in depth, to gray-birch and smoke-blue on the surface. In the sun, the transparent crests of the waves glow with ice-blue light. A strong wind tears white foam from their tops, far-folding sparkling salty splashes.

   But the formidable sea shafts are still high, striving to whip a small, low-sitting boat in the water full of passengers. There is no panic on their faces. Strongly holds the steering wheel of the sailor on the stern, directing the boat into the gap between the waves. The rowers are concentrated and confident in themselves, stubbornly continuing to row with long paddles. People sitting in front saw a ship passing by. With hope, turning to him, they try to attract attention, screaming and waving a white scarf.

   And around such a stormy living sea, powerful and swift. Transparent wet air is clean and fresh. With light, translucent layers, laying one color on the other, using only cold blue, pink and white colors, the artist managed to convey the whole variety of light and color shades and halftones of the marine element and the sky spread over it. The solar track illuminating the boat gives a sense of confidence in saving people who were shipwrecked and who survived the difficult struggle against the sea.

   The picture is filled with hope and optimism, causing a sense of excitement and empathy for what is happening in us. However, she delights us with her beauty and the reality of the image.