Description of the painting by Ivan Aivazovsky “Chaos. World creation"

Unlike other paintings, “Chaos. Creation of the World ”is not such a famous canvas by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. But without exaggeration, we can say that it is one of the most impressive works of the artist.

Despite the fact that Aivazovsky undoubtedly refers to marine painters, biblical themes often appear in his works. "Chaos. Creation of the world ”is one of these paintings. Naturally, in this work, the seascape is taken as the basis. Raging sea and sky in the clouds, typical elements in the works of Aivazovsky. But this is precisely the talent of the master: to present ordinary elements with all artistic expressiveness.

The sea on this canvas plays the role of a supporting actor. The sky comes first, or rather, the dawn sky. It is at that moment when the world is reborn from darkness, the figure of the Creator appears in the lumen of the clouds, illuminated by the rays of the rising sun.

The center of the picture is a dark thundercloud. One does not have to have a rich imagination to see in this black mass a figure flying on spread wings, which seeks to absorb the incipient Light ... But this is already impossible. The path of light has already “cut through” the stormy waves, and the Creator’s arms spread to the sides have already begun to smooth them, turning the unbridled element into a gentle, calm and good sea.

The canvas is saturated with symbolism. The transition from the dark tones of the deeps of the sea, symbolizing chaos, to the bright light colors of the sky, as well as some transparency of the dark spot in the center, do not allow the viewer to doubt for a moment the victory of the forces of Light over the forces of Darkness.

As in other paintings by Aivazovsky, in the painting “Chaos. Creation of the world ”, the shades of sea water and light in the air are incredibly precisely spelled out, which gives the impression of an extraordinary naturalness and reality of what is happening.

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