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Niagara falls

Painting, 1893, 35×52 cm

Description of the artwork «Niagara falls»

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky visited America in 1892. Just at the same time, the continent celebrated its chetyrehsotletney from the date of opening. The seventy year old artist undertook a distant journey is not just to study the ocean, but, of course, to see the famous natural phenomenon, which is devoted to Aivazovsky painting "Niagara falls".

For writing of this canvas the artist had to study in detail and to consider an American treasure of nature. Therefore, Aivazovsky was watching the waterfall at different times, sketching it in the moonlight, in the midday heat, the evening. Album artist added twenty-three drawings, executed from nature, many of which were a reversal of the sheet. On some pages, he left a special mark, which for the most part refers to the color, shades and tonal relations found at the site.

On arrival at Theodosia, in his Studio the artist has handled American-made sketches. For many of them he "walked" pen and ink, and wrote a powerful water mass, the low sky and the spray of the raging waterfall. All this is an amazing sight complemented by a barely noticeable rosy glow. Despite the fact that the artist had some great photos taken during the trip, most of the work on the Aivazovsky's painting "Niagara falls" was done from life.

The work was written in the late period of creativity of the great Maestro, when he was already in old age. Nevertheless, it was a very productive time, as evidenced by Aivazovsky painting "Niagara falls". Picturesque scenery from the first seconds captures the attention and encourages its freshness. A clever artist skillfully conveys all the details of the feeling of moisture in the air. The sky on the canvas is covered with dark rain clouds, through which riddled the timid rays of the sun. Flowing light gently falls on the surface of the water, transforming her and the shore. But the centerpiece of a picture of Ayvazovsky "Niagara falls" is the rainbow.

The surface of canvas matte, to create a light brushwork characteristic of the artist's work in those years. On canvas with unrestrained power was izvergnulsya a huge avalanche of water straight from a high ledge of rocks. The painter does not distract from watching the main action a heap of minor details. Therefore, all the natural action, you can cover one eye. The composition of the painting is built widely and freely, and small, barely visible human figures set on top of a cliff, and the boat cuts through the surface of the lake, only adds to the impression of grandeur of what is happening.

The generalized manner of supplying natural landscapes inherent in all the works painted by Aivazovsky in the eighties. This is a distinctive feature of creativity of his last years. The surface, devoid of varnish, so thin that allows to consider features of its structure.
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape

Style of art: Romanticism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1893

Size: 35×52 cm

Artwork in selections: 16 selections

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