" Saved the seas at night. At the lighthouse ", Aivazovsky, 1837

""Saved the sea at night. At the lighthouse"Aivazovsky, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven

Description of the picture:

Saved the sea at night. At the lighthouse – Aivazovsky. 1837. Oil on canvas. 58×81

One of the earliest works of the artist’s Feodosia collection dates back to the student period when Aivazovsky studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. A painting was made in one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven years.

Still noticeable is the obvious impact of M. N. Vorobyov, a teacher and mentor of the future greatest painter: the sea is not so natural as in the following works, the sky is faster than frightening than close to reality, and the details of the picture from driftwood and boat in the background to swaying in different directions of sailing ships near the horizon on the distant — they would be more suitable for a canvas made in the genre of phantasmagoria.

It’s still noticeable, but this is not a blind imitation of the teacher, and far from imitation of the samples of painting, the noble founders of the genre.

Aivazovsky set himself the task of conveying the futility of human existence (in the center of the picture is a human figure with hands outstretched towards the sea), as if squeezed from both sides by an aqua and airborne elements. Despite the fact that the plot of the picture unfolds at night, the moon did not rise so high above the horizon, and the lighthouse still (or already?) Does not burn."

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