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“Among the waves” - a canvas by the hand of the master-marine painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, painted by him in 1898, when its creator had already crossed the eighty-year mark. The canvas captures us with its noisy waves. We observe an all-consuming and endless, azure, ultramarine, steel, turquoise, blue-green, emerald, dazzling white sea. The picture is literally saturated with moisture, freely seething and as if going beyond the boundaries of a small space of the canvas.
The author departed from his traditional works, where he depicted ships during a storm and sea landscapes. In this picture, he depicted the main idea of all his work, something that only he could masterfully convey only with paints and a brush. The sea element for a moment obeyed the hand of the master and set foot on the picture, forever frozen, without losing its wildness and rebellion from this.
This work, written several years before the death of the artist, allows you to survive a flurry of strong emotions. It is the quintessence of mastery and the power of imagination. At first glance, the canvas as if you penetrate into its epicenter. "Among the waves" critics call Aivazovsky's most perfect creation. Every brushstroke seems like a work of art.
This work conveys a heavy anxious mood with its rich blue tones, the waves soar upward, forming abundant snow-white foam, and the deep sea is ready to absorb everyone with its power. However, bright aquamarine notes enthrall with its purity, it is like the sun reflected on the water through the thickness of impenetrable clouds. If you look closely at the top of the picture, you can see a warm sunbeam. The artist’s waves are not dark and ruthless, they are filled with color and life, a rich combination of light and midtones plays in them.
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