“Sinking ship”, 1854, Aivazovsky – overview of the painting

“Sinking ship”, 1854, Aivazovsky – overview of the painting
"Sinking ship", 1854, Aivazovsky - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1854

Overview of the painting :

The sinking ship is Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Papier Pelle, pencil. 19.5 x 28.8 cm

   The gray-ultramarine palette of the cloudy, stormy day breaks into reality with the splash of shaggy waves. A critically tucked ship rushes at us, but we understand that in the eyes of the team are sharp reefs that have already destroyed more than one ship. The remains of the ship ahead are visible in the foreground of the picture. Torn sails on a broken mast merge with siso-steel waves.

   Is the same fate waiting for a ship under a desperately tearing flag? This flag is the only colored part on the Aivazovsky pencil drawing “Sinking Ship”. This colored touch symbolizes a tiny chance of hope among the riot of the elements. Everything else is monochrome – yellow-gray sky, graphite black clouds, lead sea and even the silhouette of the ship.

   This picture is permeable-emotional. It seems that the cries of gulls and the roar of boiling waves burst into reality. The sea element is rebelling, bubbling, sighing shafts. The wind to shreds tears foam and drives the ship to coastal cliffs. From the picture blows cold, and it seems that splashes reach us. An incredible sense of presence is as if a window has been opened into the world where a ruthless storm rules over the fate of a person.