Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
- Sunset over the Crimean Coast
- signed in Latin and dated 1875 l.r.
- oil on canvas
- 47.5 by 64cm., 18 3/4 by 25 1/4 in.
Thence by descent to the present owner
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"What distinguishes my own works from each other and from those of other artists is the strength of the light. I regard the pictures in which the main power is the light.... as my finest creations." (the artist cited in G.Goldovsky, 'A Romantic Master', Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Paintings, drawings and watercolours from the museum collections of St Petersburg, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg: The State Russian Museum, 2000, p.5)
Many painters were drawn to the magical light of the Crimea but no one ever surpassed the beauty of Aivazovsky's poetic canvasses depicting his beloved homeland. In the present lot Aivazovsky skilfully captures 'the golden hour' before the sun sets, when sky and sea are bathed in a warm glow and clouds are raked by the dramatic effects of the sun.
We are grateful to Gianni Caffiero for providing additional cataloguing information.