Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Russian Paintings

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Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Russian Paintings

Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky in the late 19th century created some truly spectacular seascape paintings that capture the beautiful, sparkling essence of turbulent waters. Marine artists are recognized for their perfect ability to recreate expressive oceanic quality with more than half of the 6,000+ paintings from their lifetime devoted to this subject.

What distinguishes Aivazovsky's seascape paintings from others is his ability to replicate both intensity and motion as well as transparency and texture. His energy waves and calm ripples are just as effective. Aivazovsky also plays with color, simulating the filtering effect of sunlight through water to present subtle qualities that mimic some kind of magical realism. There is something truly amazing about the ability of the painter to skillfully emulate an emotional connection with a beach scene that was translated centuries later.

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