OIL PAINTING: Moonlit Seascape With Shipwreck, 1863
Aivazovsky 's expressive language was in complete harmony with the techniques that he used. As a young boy Aivazovsky had known the sea, had loved it passionately and had known the secrets of its movements. It was this memory, together with his imagination, that was responsible for his best oil paintings . Rather than merely "reproduce" the sea, Aivazovsky tells us its fables and thus makes a symbolic statement.