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Description of the painting by Ivan Aivazovsky "Napoleon on St. Helena"


The canvas of Napoleon on the island of St. Helena was written by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky for the celebration in honor of the anniversary of the victory over the French invaders. The sensational name of the former emperor of France, the king of Italy, who voluntarily surrendered by the English crown exiled to the island of St. Helena, gave rise to the image of a romantic hero among the people even in the Russian Empire.

Despite the name of the picture, the main character on it is represented by a small, barely distinguishable figure, which stands alone on a rock among the surging waves. Napoleon condemned himself to such loneliness, surrendering to the British authorities, but thereby proving the strength of his character, which Aivazovsky conveyed in his small figure, appearing before us in a magnificent pose.

He does not paint the face of the emperor, instead he makes one brush stroke, puts black dots instead of eyes and mouth, but no one doubts that in the picture it is Napoleon - his uniform and his hat. The main part of the canvas is the element of water, which is emphasized by all shades of blue and blue.

The agitated ocean seems to reflect the mood of the prisoner himself. The eagle, which appears in bad weather, symbolizes Napoleon, who left a mark in world history as an emperor, whose rise to power was completely unpredictable. The picture tells us about the great, but defeated commander, whose name will never be forgotten. Ivan Konstantinovich conceived the picture both for the Russian observer and for the foreign one, since at one time he traveled a lot around Europe.





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