The painting by the world-famous artist-marine painter I. combines the undoubted artistic merits with cognitive value.
The work was created with the goal of perpetuating the achievement of the Russian navigators Bellingshausen and Lazarev, who discovered Antarctica during their expedition. In that era, the achievement of this kind was simply a colossal step forward by mankind and could only be compared with the first flight into space. In the year of painting, this significant geographical discovery was exactly 50 years old.
The work “Ice Mountains in Antarctica” was written based on the memoirs of Admiral Lazarev, who was one of the first to see the new mainland on the South Plus. Despite the fact that Aivazovsky never saw this place with his own eyes, he managed to accurately convey the appearance and atmosphere of Antarctica.
In the picture we see a ship flying the Russian flag, standing on the shores of freshly discovered land and surrounded by gigantic ice blocks. The cold waters of the bay are calm, and the night sky reflects a whole palette of colors. Here there was a place for white, lilac, shades of green - when combined, these colors create the effect of cold, grandeur and mystery.
The cold beauty of the newly discovered land looks attractive and surprisingly harmonious: below is the water surface, the pioneer ship rocking on light waves, from above the night sky with clouds floating on it, stone blocks protruding from the water are clearly visible, and an iceberg mysteriously flickers on the horizon. And it seems that the only ship looks alien and lonely in a unique natural harmony. A careful selection of colors and the artist’s attention to detail make this painting extremely accurate and realistic.