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Title: The View of Odessa At Moonlit Night
Artist: Dunaev Igor
Size: 9.5x12.5x2.5
Size (inches): 3.75x5x1
Price : $425 SOLD!


This splendid box has been painted by Dunaev from the village of Fedoskino. The famous canvas-on-oil painting called "The View of Odessa At Moonlit Night" painted in 1846 by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky inspired the artist to create this miniature. This masterpiece is exhibited in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
I.K. Aivazovsky (1817-1900) went down in world culture history as romantic painter of seascapes and master of Russian classical landscape. He was born in the town of Feodosia in the family of broken Armenian trader. Till nowadays one can hear Feodosian legends about the boy who used to draw with samovar coal on the bleached walls of Armenian outskirts. With the assistance of Tavrida governor Kaznacheev Aivazovsky in 1831 joined to the Tavricheskaya high school, and in 1833 - the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint-Petersburg. He graduated from this Academy with the great golden medal and the prize - tour to the Crimea and Europe. There is the interesting fact that Aivazovsky, owing to his infallible memory didn't paint his pictures from life; he painted them from memory in his workshop, considering that "the movement of sea waves is difficult to catch with a brush".
Refined oil-painting techniques give this piece depth and life. The palette is based on sharp color contrasts. Warm brown and yellow colors are combined here with cold dark blue and black tones. This contrast creates a very beautiful visual effect, and helps to reproduce realistically the sea lit by the bright moonlight in the darkness of a night.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. A hinge is fastened to the left of the composition. The box rests on a flat bottom. It is signed with the artist's name, the village of Fedoskino and the year of 2010 at the bottom of the composition.

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