Description of the picture:
Waves – Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi. 1870s Canvas, oil.
Kuindzhi was not a marine painter like Aivazovsky, but his depiction of a stormy sea is not inferior to the best examples of world art in this area. The waves in the picture look voluminous and vibrant, and the transparency of the water is conveyed with unique craftsmanship. At the same time, a typical picture in the style of “impressionism” is in front of the audience – a vivid and unusually spectacular transmission of sensations from the stormy sea.
The canvas is painted in rich, saturated colors, wide free strokes that add texture and volume to the waves. The white, foamy “lamb” on the tops of large, stormy waves, made by light, airy touches of the brush, emphasizes the active movement of water.
White seagulls soaring above the stormy sea add realism to the canvas and make it even more “transparent”, filled with the rich smells of the sea. They are depicted symbolically, but perfectly “read” against the background of waves.
For the picture, very expressive and “dense” intense colors were used – blue, emerald green, lilac, bluish and yellowish shades. They perfectly convey the glassy texture of sea water and its attractive color even in a storm. The waves through which diffused light breaks through seem emerald and transparent, like a real gem.
The sea distances are filled with a thick lilac haze, because of the height of the waves and the strongest waves the horizon is not visible, and the sky is drowning in fumes and merges with the sea distance. At this moment, nothing distracts the viewer’s attention from the depth and awesome power of the element, which is capable of sweeping any human achievements like chips.
Suppose that on this canvas there are no signs of the existence of human civilization, but she still has the main character. This sea itself is deep, beautiful and dangerous, which can be both the breadwinner and the mortal enemy of all living things."