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“Niagara Falls”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky - description of the painting

“Niagara Falls”, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky - description of the painting

Niagara Falls - Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. 35 x 52 cm

Seascapes occupy a large place in the work of Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, but in addition to them, portraits, mountain and steppe landscapes, paintings on biblical subjects that he painted are well known. Traveling around the world, he drew a lot, trying to capture what he saw, to share his impressions.

During his stay in America and Canada, the artist visited Niagara Falls. This view so delighted him that he wrote several wonderful works with his image. One of them is in front of us.

It's a nasty day. Lead-gray clouds drag the low gloomy sky, only a light pale blue strip can be seen on the horizon, and the sun's rays can still break through the breaks of the clouds.

The master depicts a waterfall from a high point, from which a wide, full-flowing river is clearly visible. The rocky ledge, overgrown with large trees, divides it into two unequal parts, one of which resembles a horseshoe in shape. Waves covered with white lambs rush to the cliff and splendid streams fall down from a great height. The smallest water spray forms clouds of fog, swirling at the foot of the waterfall. The sun's rays illuminate them with soft white light, a dim rainbow shimmers on water dust.

Several people stand on the edge of the cliff, admiring the picture spread out in front of them. Their small figures allow us to appreciate the scale and magnificence of this amazing unique spectacle.

A small boat sailed to the place where the water fell, so that tourists could look at the magnificence of the falling streams.

Under the rays of the sun, the cold greenish-gray color of the water becomes turquoise, silver glare plays on the waves, foam sparkles with crystal sparks.

The artist’s palette is small: calm, restrained gray, green and white colors. But mixing these colors, the artist imposes the thinnest layers on the canvas with invisible strokes and the image comes to life. We feel the magnificent power and exuberant power of the falling jets, humid air is filled with tiny splashes, a strong roar of water drowns out everything around.

Aivazovsky perfectly conveys the grandeur and beauty of the waterfall. The picture makes you forget about the essentials, enjoying the view of the indomitable water element.


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