OIL PAINTING: The Black Sea Fleet, 1890
A new and consistently realistic tendency appeared in Aivazovsky paintings , although the romantic features still remained. The artist's greatest achievement of this period are various depictions of The Black Sea , paintings showing the nature of the sea, eternally alive, always in motion. Other important oil paintings of the late years are The Rainbow (1873), Shipwreck (1876), The Billow (1889), The Mary Caught in a Storm (1892). Aivazovsky left more than 6000 oil paintings , which are of very different value.