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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MASSACHUSETTS

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
A MOONLIT NIGHT AT SEA
ACCÉDER AU LOT
332

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MASSACHUSETTS

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
A MOONLIT NIGHT AT SEA
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
1817-1900
A MOONLIT NIGHT AT SEA
signed in Latin and dated 1885 l.l.; further signed and dated on the reverse
oil on canvas
83 by 135cm, 32 3/4 by 53 1/4 in.
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Provenance

Oleg Olegovich Pantuhoff, United States, 1950s
Thence by descent

Description

The moon frequently features in Aivazovsky’s works, adding an intense amount of drama to his darker, more monotone seascapes. In the present work, the moon itself is hidden behind ominous clouds but its cool light illuminates the beach to reveal a small boat washed ashore and two steamships in the background. This masterwork is a stunning example of Aivazovsky’s adept talent in depicting light.

A Moonlit Night at Sea was originally in the collection of Oleg Olegovich Pantuhoff, who worked as a Russian translator for President Eisenhower during World War II. Part of his collection was donated to the New York Public Library. His father, Oleg Ivanovich Pantuhoff, founded the Russian Boy Scouts in 1909.

The present work is included in the numbered archive of the artist’s work compiled by Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine.

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