The creative work of Ivan Aivazovsky is a remarkable phenomenon. He was a romantic who sharply felt the beauty of the sea, and was able to convey it in bright pictorial images. He had painted about 6000 pictures. He is the most outstanding artist of Armenian origin of the XIX century. His brother Gabriel Aivazovsky was an Armenian historian and archbishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (his real name was Hovhannes Ayvazyan) was born on July 17 (29), 1817 in Feodosia. Since childhood he had artistic and musical abilities; in particular, he independently learned to draw and play the violin. Theodosius architect Yakov Khristianovich Koch, who first drew attention to the artistic abilities of the boy, gave him the first lessons.