Description of the painting by Ivan Aivazovsky "Poseidon's journey by sea"

Description of the painting by Ivan Aivazovsky

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Completed in 1894. It is stored in the Feodosia Art Gallery. I.K. Aivazovsky, Theodosius, Crimea.

It seems logical to choose such an epic plot for the marine painter, it’s even a little strange that he did not pay much attention to mythology, although many legends of the peoples of the world are connected with the sea. This work required from the master not drawing skills from nature, but an extensive flight of imagination, it is obvious that he did it splendidly.

Poseidon was considered one of the supreme gods of the ancient Greek Olympus, living in an underwater palace, commanding the elements of water, by his own free will he could discover fresh and salty on land. On canvas with his two hands hugs his wife, Amphitrite, both are dressed in traditional white togas, on their heads are gold laurel wreaths. They race, raising clouds of translucent whitish-blue spray, on the four black sea horses, accompanied by beautiful Nereids and mollusks. In his right hand, Neptune grips the trident, which called for a storm raging in the blackened sky and boiling water, but before him the waves calmly calm down. Next to the richly decorated chariot, newts trumpeting into shells float, announcing the approach of royalty.

The whole canvas is permeated with the power of nature and divine greatness. With light and color, the artist placed the main emphasis on the shining lord of the seas, who subdues indomitable force. The sky darkening with ink storm clouds becomes a wonderful contrasting background for him. In the upper left corner, lightning strikes even dazzlingly, highlighting the clouds and adding drama to the picture. The lighter body of water in the foreground is cloudy and yellowish-gray with a splash of turquoise blue and white from a strong storm that lifts sand and algae.

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