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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
1817-1900
THE BIRTH OF APHRODITE
signed in Cyrillic and indistinctly dated l.r.; further signed in Latin and dated 1887 on the original canvas on the reverse
oil on canvas
109 by 145cm, 43 by 57in.
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來源

Private Collection, United States, 1972

相關資料

In the late 1880s and 1890s, Aivazovsky experimented with mythological and classical subjects, often against a stormy, Romantic setting.  These so-called ‘dream’ pictures are ‘highly composed but charmingly unrealistic… They are quite guileless in their direct appeal to the viewer’s sense of poetry; their only role is to be beautiful’ (I. Samarine and G. Caffiero, Seas, Cities and Dreams, p. 247).

The present lot depicts the birth of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty. According to Greek mythology, she was born from the churning sea-foam (aphros in Greek), and became the lover of Poseidon, the subject of Aivazovsky's 1894 masterpiece Poseidon's Travel over the Sea (fig. 1). The drama unfolding in the present work is heightened by a very limited colour palette and a dramatic use of moonlight on the water. Different shades and intensities of blue contrast sharply with the bright moonlight, illuminating the figure of Aphrodite as she is drawn up by winged cupids.

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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