Lot 31: Aivazovsky, Ivan (1817-1900) Loading The Ship On A Calm Misty Morning, Signed And Dated 1870, Oil On Canvas, 71.5 By 89 Cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Uk. Authenticity Of The Work Has Been Confirmed By The Expert V. Petrov. Literature: G. Caffiero, I. Samarine, Light, Water And Sky. The Paintings Of Ivan Aivazovsky, London, Alexandria Press, 2012, P. 158, Pl. 82, Illustrated; P. 294, No. Cs-1870-008, Illustrated And Listed. Ivan Aivazovsky Was A True Virtuoso In The Use Of Colour, A Gift He Displays To The Full In His 1870 Painting Loading The Ship On A Calm Misty Morning, Offered Here For Auction. In This Work, As In Many Of His Earlier Paintings, The Artist Strives To Convey The Complex Interaction Of Light And Air And To Render The Atmosphere Of Daybreak On A Warm Seashore In The Most Vivid Way Possible. The Early Morning Haze, Infused With Light Radiating From The Rising Sun And Tinted With A Myriad Of Rosy Hues, Heralds The Heat Of The Day To Come. The Artist Shows Particularly Fine Mastery In His Painting Of The Air, With Its Currents And Mists Like Those Of An Ocean. The Dazzling Resonance Of The Painting'S Colours, With The Smooth Tonal Transitions From Rose To A Cooler Light Blue In The Background And The Rich Tints Of Turquoise, White And Brown In The Foreground, Which Break Up The Surface Of The Picture, All Create An Extraordinary Depth And A Sensation Of The Limitlessness Of The Sea. In Terms Of The Mood, This Work Is Extremely Close To Another Landscape By Aivazovsky, Dated 1868 And Entitled Off The Beach On A Calm Early Morning (Latvian National Museum Of Art), Where The Horizon, Obscured In A Dense Haze, Broadens The Effect Of Space In The Composition, Leaving The Light-Filled Sky To Merge Into The Tranquil Surface Of The Sea. Similarly, In The Composition Of Loading The Ship On A Calm Misty Morning, The Direction Of The Perspective Follows The Painstakingly Calculated Diagonal Placement Of The Ox-Drawn Cart And The Smooth Gliding Of The Ship Over The Glossy Sea, As If Seemingly Woven From The Moist Air. The Combination Of Landscape With A Genre Scene Imparts A Special Atmosphere And Lyricism To The Painting. Aivazovsky Often Used This Device, So Beloved By The Public, To Lend Variety To His Marine Paintings. Nevertheless, The Bustle Of Everyday Life Is Subordinated To The Overall Rhythm Of The Composition. Thus, The Gentle Rocking Of The Ships Reflects The Measured Movements Of The Lumpers And Fishermen, Each One Absorbed In What He Is Doing. The Manner In Which Elements Of Genre Painting And Landscape Coexist So Naturally, And The Highly Emotive Handling Of Colour, Based On Noble Dark Blues And Greys, Express A Romantic Ideal Of A Natural Way Of Life, Which The Artist Strove To Convey In All His Canvasses. This Is A Work Of Aivazovsky'S Mature Years, When He Had Already Been Awarded The Title Of Professor Of The Imperial Academy Of Arts And Become A Member Of Many European Academies. It Is A Landscape Painting, Which May Be Regarded As One Of The Benchmarks Of The Artist'S Oeuvre.
MacDougall's Fine Art Auctions' Russian Art, Works of Art, Fabergé and Icons Auction June 2015
Wednesday, 3rd June 2015
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