Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) is the most celebrated marine painter in Russian art. His pictures won wide recognition in their time both in Russia and abroad. He was elected a member of the St. Petersburg, Rome, Florence, Amsterdam and Stuttgart art academies. Selected for reproduction in this book out of Aivazovsky's enormous legacy (about 6,000 pieces) are his best-known paintings: The Wave, The Ninth Wave, The Black Sea and many others. They are housed in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, the Russian Museum, Leningrad, the Aivazovsky Picture Gallery, Theodosia (the Crimea), and other Soviet museums. Also included are photographs connected with Aivazovsky's life and creative activities in Theodosia.
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