IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY
CRIMEAN COAST BY MOONLIGHT
signed with initial l.r.; further signed in Cyrillic and dated 1898 on the reverse
oil on canvas
15.5 by 25.5cm, 6¼ by 10in.
The present work is included in the numbered archive of the artist's work compiled by Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine.
Original canvas. There is craquelure and paint shrinkage throughout. Minor abrasions and the remnants of gold leaf are visible along all four edges. There is a light layer of surface dirt. Inspection under UV light reveals some minor scattered retouching along the edges.
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Sotheby's London, Russian Art Paintings, 25 November 2008, lot 401
G.Caffiero and I.Samarine, Light, Water and Sky: The Paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, London: Alexandria Press, 2012, p.247, pl.182 illustrated; p.324 illustrated and listed as CS-1898-004
G.Caffiero and I.Samarine, Neizvestnyi Aivazovskii: k 200-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, Moscow: SLOVO, 2016, pp.284-285 illustrated; p.419 illustrated and listed as CS-1898-004