Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky Painting Reproductions Gallery 9 of 141817-1900
Armenian (active in Russia) Romantic Painter
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian: Иван Константинович Айвазовский, Armenian: Hovhannes Aivazovsky July 29, 1817 - May 5, 1900) was a Russian painter of Armenian descent, most famous for his seascapes, which constitute more than half of his paintings. Aivazovsky was born in the town of Feodosiya, Crimea, to a poor Armenian family. His parents family name was Aivazian. Some of artist's paintings bear a signature, in Armenian letters, "Hovhannes Aivazian". His talent as an artist earned him sponsorship and entry to the Simferopol gymnasium №1 and later the St.Petersburg Academy of Arts, which he graduated with the gold medal. Earning awards for his early landscapes and seascapes, he went on to paint a series of portraits of Crimean coastal towns before traveling throughout Europe. In later life, his paintings of naval scenes earned him a longstanding commission from the Russian Navy. In 1845, Aivazovsky went to Istanbul upon the invitation of Sultan Abdulmecid, a city he was to travel to eight times between 1845-1890. During his long sojourn in Istanbul, Aivazovsky was commissioned for a number of paintings as a court painter by the Ottoman Sultans Abdulmecid, Abdulaziz and Abdulhamid, 30 of which are currently on display in the Ottoman Imperial Palace, the Dolmabahce Museum and many others at various other museums in Turkey.
Due to his long life in art, Aivazovsky became the most prolific Russian painter of his days. He left over 6,000 works at his death in 1900. With funds earned during his successful career as an artist he opened an art school and gallery in his home town of Feodosiya.
Aivazovsky's works have been auctioned for as much as $3,200,000, and his international reputation continues to grow. He is also said to be the most forged of all Russian painters.
319 Paintings of Aivazovsky
American Shipping off the Rock of Gibraltar
Ice on Dnieper
Sunset over Constantinople
Ship at Sea
Among the Waves
Shipping off the Ayu Dag
View of Constantinople in Moonlight
Ships Passing through a Canal in Moonlight
Shipping off the Dutch Coast
Sailing through the Haze
Vessels in Full Sail by Moonlight
A Market Scene in Constantinople
Vessels in a Swell at Sunset
An American Steamer in Heavy Seas
Watching Ships at Sunset
The Ottoman Fleet
Review of the Black Sea Fleet
The Russian Squadron on the Sevastopol Roads