10 sensational marine paintings by Russian artists

by | Oct 9, 2022 | Maritime Art, Culture and History

Russia has been so vilified in the Western press that some people might forget that it is a great civilisation. The Russians gave the world Doestoevsky, Rachmaninoff and Mendeleev. Their contributions to the world of art have been no less significant. Ivan Aivazovsky stands tall in the pantheon of marine painters. In 2019, his seascape ‘Sunset over Ischia’ was auctioned off by Christies for £491,000 ($635,000).

The following are some of the most awesome Russian marine paintings, including two by Aivazovsky. Click on the images to get a larger view on a desktop monitor

Sinking of the Turkish river monitor Seyfi on the Danube, 1877
Alexey Bogolyubov (Russian, 1824–1896)
Courtesy 9f Wikimedia Commons

Sunset, 1917
Arkady Rylov (Russian, 1870–1939)
Courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons

Illumination of the Kremlin, 1883
Alexey Bogolyubov (Russian, 1824–1896)
Image source: Megabook.ru via Wikimedia Commons

Fishermen, 1870
Fyodor Vasilyev (Russian, 1850—1873)
Courtesy of State Tretyakov Gallery via Wikimedia Commons

End of the Black Sea freedom, c. 1900
Ilya Repin (Russian, 1844–1930)
Courtesy of WikiArt: Visual Art Encyclopedia

Calm Before the Storm, 1889/1890
Oil on canvas
Nikolay Dubovskoy (Russian, 1859–1918)
Courtesy of Google Art Institute

Seascape, 1895
Efim Volkov (Russian, 1844-1920)
Courtesy of WikiArt: Visual Art Encyclopedia

Red Sunset on the Dnieper (Dnipro), 1905–1908
Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi (Russian, 1841–1910)
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Deluge (1864)
Ivan Ayvazovsky (Russian, 1817–1900)
Courtesy of the New Liturgical Movement

Sunset over Ischia, 1873
Ivan Ayvazovsky (Russian, 1817–1900)
Courtesy of Christies

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