Although Aivazovsky was born in 1817 into a poor family, his father did an amazing job of providing him with a high quality education, teaching him to speak several languages fluently. The young Aivazovsky also showed extraordinary artistic potential from an early age, which proved to be his ticket to a future life of wealth and fame as one of Europe’s most brilliant artists.Aivazovsky earned a seat in the Simferopol gymnasium No. 1. His most important training came in Russia’s St. Petersburg Academy of Arts – his raw talent was his payment for a first-class education.
This talent earned him a huge amount of work from the Russian Navy. For them he painted numerous images of the sea and ships – a commission which would keep his income flowing and earn him many important connections with powerful people.
Other favorite subject matters for Aivazovsky were scenes of the Ukrainian countryside featuring the work and activities of peasants and small rural towns. He also painted rural scenes in the outlying areas of Istanbul.
Despite his almost universally recognized and accepted genius, some art critics have complained that Aivazovsky did not vary his themes enough, and that many of his seascapes could appear repetitive, especially after one views hundreds of them. He has also been called melodramatic and perhaps given (www.totallyhistory.com)