IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY | SAILING SHIP ON A STORMY DAY
IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY
SAILING SHIP ON A STORMY DAY
signed twice in Cyrillic and Latin l.r.; further signed in Latin, inscribed Paris, dated 1890 and inscribed with an authentication by Alexander Benois dated 1953 on the reverse
oil on panel
Panel: 20.5 by 28cm, 8 by 11in.
Framed: 40 by 47.5cm, 15¾ by 18¾in.
Authenticity has been confirmed by Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine on the basis of photographs.
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The panel is in good order. There is a small loss to the lower right corner of the panel and some tiny nicks to the edges elsewhere. There are minor abrasions as well as frame indentations in places along the edges. There are a few scuffs and scratches to the surface, such as in the mauve of the shoreline in the lower right. There is a light layer of surface dirt. Inspection under UV light reveals a few small spots of old restoration to the sky and an uneven varnish layer. Held in a period gilt wooden frame with decorative mouldings.
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The present lot was painted in Paris in 1890 while the artist was visiting the city with his second wife Anna Burnazian-Sarkisova. The two had travelled there from Feodosia in February for the opening of an exhibition of 29 recent works by Aivazovsky at the Galerie Paul Durand-Ruel which was a huge success. During their visit he was also awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Commander by the French state. He had previously been awarded the rank of Cavalier in 1858, when he was the first foreign artist to receive it.
This painting presumably remained in France after it was painted and in the 1950s it was authenticated by another celebrated Russian artist, Alexander Benois, who was at the centre of Russian Parisian artistic life from the time of his arrival in 1926 until his death in 1960.