The painting “Stil”, 1885, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – overview

The painting “Stil”, 1885, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – overview
The painting "Stil", 1885, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky - overview - 1

    • Posted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
    • Museum: Private collection
    • Year: 1885

Overview of the painting :

Stil – Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Oil on canvas. 42 x 62 cm
Painting and music are very similar, they cause the same emotions in the soul of a person. Each painting by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky has his own music: deafening, cheerful, cheerful, or quiet, enchanting, romantic. The images of storms and raging waves make a great impression, but the calm, serene sea fascinates no less in its work.

Before us is a magnificent blue color symphony: light, light, air. Summer sunny day. Fluffy white clouds float high in the sky, their reflections with white-pink shadows lie on light-lazure water. A sea of some incredible color – it imperceptibly changes its shades from aquamarine and azure in the foreground to the most tender mother-of-pearl-lilac halftones on the horizon, merging with the sky.

A ship is motionless off the coast, its reflection is clearly visible on a calm mirror surface. The spread of white sails hung lifelessly, hanging three-color Italian flags from the masts with narrow stripes. Complete calm, calm. Even the noisy teas are sleepy on the water.

Transparent turquoise waves with a narrow cement foam lazily run over the gentle coast. Through them, stones on the seabed are clearly visible. The time of low tide – the water receded, leaving two boats on wet sand, and dark green and brown algae dry under the scorching sun.

Heat, noon. The heated air smells like the sea. Conveniently located in boats, sailors rest. Two sailors and a girl are slowly talking on the shore. In bright sunlight, the white color of the rubes seems dazzling, but the side of the wooden boats becomes almost black. In the distant Mareva, pale purple-blue outlines of the rocks, ghostly silhouettes of ships standing on the raid are lost.

On a small hill you can see a sun-drenched city with snow-white buildings, to which an aqueduct with high arches stretches along the sea. At the very shore, waiting for the wind, there are many fishing sailboats.

The picture is like a gem pouring in sunlight.

The artist used only a few colors – white, blue and green, adding a little gray and brown. Thanks to his favorite pictorial technique – lassing, the colors have gained saturation and sound, and the image has reached depth and realism. The high sky and the vast distance of the sea are filled with light and spaciousness.

You can admire the tenderness and personality of this landscape for a very long time, which sounds like beautiful, unearthly music.