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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian, 1817-1900)

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Also known as:  Aivasovsky, Ivan Konstantinovitsch; Aivazovski, Ivan Constantinovich; Aivazovskii, Ivan Konstantinovich; Aivazovsky, Ivan Konstantinovich; Aiwasoffski, Ivan Konstantinovich; Ajvazovskij, Ivan Konstantinovic; Ajvazovskij, Ivan Konstantinovic; Alwasoffski, Ivan Konstantinovich; Ivan Konstantinovic Ajvazovskij; Aivazowsky, Ivan Konstantinovich; Ivan Ayvazovsky; Ayvazovsky, Ivan Konstantinovich; Ivan Konstantinovich Ayvazovsky

Birth Place: Russia

Biography:

Russian (1817 - 1900)

Ivan Aivazovsky was a Russian painter best known for his seascapes and intense battle scenes. Trained at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, he was the main painter of the Russian Navy in the 1840s and 1850s. During this time he honed his distinct style, influenced by other painters of the late Romantic movement, Aivazovsky’s paintings are full of churning seas, intense skies, and beautiful brushwork. 

Aivazovsky is different from many of his contemporaries in that he experienced a large amount of success during his lifetime. He influenced many of the next generation of great Russian painters including Lev Lagorio, Mikhail Latri, and Aleksey Ganzen. Though he hasn’t been incorporated into the mainstream Western History of Art, Aivazovsky’s legacy as the greatest Russian painter is well-founded. In a recent survey, over 93% of respondents in Russia said they were familiar with his name. 

How many paintings did Ivan Aivazovsky create?

Ivan Aivazovsky created over 6,000 paintings over the course of sixty years. He was one of the most prolific Russian artists of the Romantic movement because his work was so in-demand while he was alive. A large majority of his paintings depict seascapes and battles. These populist themes made him extremely well-liked in both Europe and the United states.

How often do Ivan Aivazovsky paintings come up for auction?

Because of the prolific nature of his work, Ivan Aivazovsky produced a large collection of art that frequently pops up in auctions. While his paintings are worth in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, there is no shortage of his work available at most auctions, whether that be in person or online. 

How much is an Ivan Aivazovsky painting worth?

An Ivan AIvazovsky painting will easily go anywhere from $300,000 into the millions for a known work. Even lesser works and sketches can sell in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Russian writer Anton Chekhov popularized the phrase, “worth of Aivazovsky’s brush” to describe something that was too beautiful to describe. Even Chekhov would feel vindicated by these paintings’ value.

Which Ivan Aivazovsky painting is the most valuable? 

The American Ships at the Rock of Gibraltar (1874) by Ivan Aivazovsky was valued at 5.34 million in a recent auction. It is the highest price that anyone has paid for a Aivazovsky work, though over a third of his work is valued at a million or more. He is by far the Russian artist with the largest and most valuable collection.

What are the most famous paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky? 

Because of the prolific nature of his art, Aivazovsky has an extremely large catalogue of paintings to choose from. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral on a Frosty Day (1870) sold for 2.1 million dollars. The American Ships at the Rock of Gibraltar (1874) sold for 5.34 million, which was more than four times the estimate it was expected to fetch. View of Constantinople and the Bosphorus (1856) sold for 5.2 million. 


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