At least 3 paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky are called “Venice”. The same painting was painted by the artist in 1842 and is stored today in the Tver Regional Gallery.
Venetian port. Dawn. We do not see the sun's disk itself, but bright light spreads across the sky, staining it and the clouds with warm, soft pinkish shades. The same pink-golden rays fall on city buildings and sails, creating an atmosphere of complete enjoyment of the landscape. Although it’s early morning around, gondoliers are already rolling city dwellers, and several boats and ships are already mooring or sailing from the port. Life on the pavement is in full swing: couples walk or wait for the ship, and the shopkeepers lay out all their goods. The whole canvas is covered with a little morning haze, and the artist admires the whole being with the beauty and spirituality of the landscape depicted in the picture.
As it should be in the landscape, the main character of Aivazovsky’s paintings is nature. Man is portrayed as secondary, small, and insignificant in all this grandiose scale of his life. Majestic and multifaceted, it makes one admire what is felt in the paintings of this artist.
A trip made by Aivazovsky in the early forties to Venice greatly influenced all his work. Only while in the city, he already painted five magnificent paintings, then organized several exhibitions that did not include someone who would not admire the ability of the author of the paintings to portray nature and all its elements in one picture so realistically and touchingly. Throughout his subsequent life, Aivazovsky painted many seascapes, on which, one way or another, memories of this wonderful city are visible, which is not surprising: being in Venice, he had to marvel every day at the beauty of nature and see some of the best world paintings in museums.
In the Blue Plows