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The painting, written by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky in 1836, is currently stored in the State Russian Museum, in St. Petersburg. The artist’s picturesque marina depicts the Kronstadt seaport. The stormy sky hanging menacingly over the Gulf of Finland in the background of the picture inspires a feeling of uneasiness, but the blue of the sky above the large warship at the pier balances the plot of the picture.
The turbulent water of the bay with ridges rises above the coastal line. The townspeople, withstanding gusts of wind, went to the embankment to see the ongoing fleet raid with their own eyes. It is known that for many years Kronstadt was inaccessible to ordinary citizens, being the main base of the navy of the Russian Empire. Of course, trips were made to the city for excursions and walks, but in most cases it was possible to get to Kronstadt only by using the invitation of one of the citizens.
The island of Kotin, on which this sea city is located, seems like a blown islet into the vast expanse of the Gulf of Finland, the silence and emptiness of the city is also noticeable on the picturesque canvas of Aivazovsky. For the artist, writing a marina in Kronstadt was a genuine pleasure - in peace and tranquility, enjoying only his beloved view. It was under the impression of visiting the summer training building of the Navy that Ivan Konstantinovich painted the painting “The Big Raid in Kronstadt”.
The painting is one of the artist’s first works, which was praised by the art community. After writing his early marinas, Aivazovsky finally established himself in this genre of painting, each time more and more improving in the skill of the artist. Marina "The Big Raid in Kronstadt" was presented as an indicative work at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
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