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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Aivazovsky (Hohvannes Aivazian)

Aivazovsky in Italian Costume
portrait by Vasily Sternberg, 1842
(Музы Айвазовского)
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one of the greatest marine artists in history, Hohvannes Aivazian (Ivan Aivazovsky, 1817-1900) was born in an Armenian family in Feodosia and lived most of his life in Crimea; the vast majority of his works are seascapes, but he often depicted battle scenes, Armenian themes, and portraiture; he was sponsored by the imperial family and was well-regarded during his lifetime; the geflügelte Wort worthy of Aivazovsky's brush, popularized by Chekhov, was used in Russia for describing something ineffably lovely (wiki).

(The Moderns)



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