Description of the painting by Ivan Aivazovsky "The coast in Amalfi"

Description of the painting by Ivan Aivazovsky

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Ivan Aivazovsky is known primarily as an unsurpassed master of the sea landscape. Even if he drew plot paintings - they were only an occasion for the image of the sea, sea waves. Nevertheless, the paintings of naval battles he painted to this day are considered the annals of the victories of the Russian Navy. But the landscapes nevertheless glorified the artist. Interest in the artist’s works does not dry up to this day - of all the artists who lived in Russia, his works are most highly valued at auctions and sold at record high prices.

The painting on the Amalfi Coast was painted during the Italian period of the artist's work. Traveling around Italy, Aivazovsky created about fifty works - for him it was an incredibly fruitful time. Unlike the paintings of the stormy, raging, indignant sea, most typical of the author, the Italian period is characterized mainly by images of a calm, gentle, calm sea; full calm reigns in this picture.

The landscape is striking in calm, tranquility; a man in a boat in the foreground swims to the shore, returning home to a coastal settlement. But even spray from a paddle immersed in water does not violate the surface of turquoise water. Slow, relaxed boatman movements create a sense of harmony between a person and the world around him.

A settlement is located on a rocky coast; now it is lit with a golden pre-sunset light. The cliffs and walls of the houses are drawn in detail; the sky in the distance burns with all shades of pink and gold. The feeling of warmth and evening bliss is poured into the air; the heat of the day has passed, and nothing prevents us from enjoying the beautiful picture of nature. Amalfi Coast - a small resort town, drowned in flowers and greenery; Orange gardens with terraces descend to the sea itself, and narrow streets lead up. The artist managed to convey the local flavor absolutely precisely.

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