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Lot 3206 - A176 19th Century Paintings - Tuesday, 22. March 2016, 04.00 PM


(1817 Feodosia 1900)
A sailing ship on a high sea by moonlight
Oil on board
Signed lower right and inscribed: Aivasovsky. Roma
24.6 × 19.2 cm

- Ivan Samarine, 9.8.2004.
- Tretjakow Galerie, 21.12.2004.

- Bonhams, London, 16.1.2004, Lot 23.
- European private collection.

This atmospheric nocturnal seascape depicting a three-master on the rolling waves of a high sea has been identified by Ivan Saarinen as an authentic work by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivasovsky, painted in the 1840s during the artist's stay in Italy. It can be compared to the painting "Chaos" from 1841, today in the cloister of San Lazzarro in Venice (Caffiero, Gianni /Samarine, Ivan: Seas, Cities and Dreams: The Paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, London 2000, S. 34).

In both works one finds similar impressive cloud formations, as well as the chiaroscuro dramaturgy of the sky, with - in the present painting barely discernable but in the Venice painting clearly outlined - the silhouette of God.

CHF 25 000 / 30 000 | (€ 25 770 / 30 930)

Sold for CHF 60 500 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.