Culture 11:14 02/11/2018 Armenia

Aivazovsky’s ‘Venice at Sunset’ to be top lot at Christie's

‘Venice at Sunset’ by world-renowned Russian Armenian seascape artist Hovhannes (Ivan) Aivazovsky will be a top lot at Christie's auction of the Russian Art scheduled for 26 November in London.

The auction features a total of 268 top lots, including masterpieces of fine and decorative applied arts, TASS reports.

‘Venice at Sunset’ is estimated at 400,000 - 600,000 pounds ($522,800 - $784,200) at the auction. It was created in 1873 and belongs to John Kluge’s private collection. The painting never appeared in the arts market over the past 20 years.

All proceeds form the sales of paintings at Christie's will be donated to the Colombia University of New York. 

Aivazovsky (born July 29, 1817 – died May 5, 1900), also known as Haivazovskiy, was a Russian painter of Armenian descent, most famous for his seascapes, which constitute more than half of his paintings. Aivazovsky was born to a poor Armenian family in the city of Theodosia in the Crimea.

At the age of twenty, he graduates from the Art Academy of St. Petersburg with a gold medal. He goes to Italy to continue his studies and returns as an internationally acclaimed seascape painter. Neither financial security nor life in Palace interests him. He returns to his native land, builds a workplace on the seashore and, until the last days of his life, dedicates himself to the work that he loves. He participates in exhibitions all over the world. 

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