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Aivazovsky very often described the sea, it was one of the main topics of his work. The sea is for him one of the main components of life, it either amazes with its calmness, or it shakes with its greatness and strength.
Aivazovsky was personally acquainted with the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, who highly esteemed his paintings. They had great respect for each other's creative life. Their first acquaintance took place in 1836 at an art exhibition in the city of St. Petersburg.
Aivazovsky later, with the consent of his new creative friend, paints his portrait. Aivazovsky has a creative cycle "By the Sea", he also creates a cycle of paintings dedicated to the sea element. They depict the great poet in various poses: he either lies on the seashore, then stands on the edge of the cliffs. The artist portrayed the sea as raging, dark, rolling on the rocks, the seashore. Terrible clouds float across the sky, rolling in their darkness and anger. Far from the sea, the water also amazes with its malice, blackness, the sky as if merges with the sea in the distance, on the horizon. The waves roll with great force on the rocks and break on them.
The poet is at the very edge of the cliff, at the foot of the sea, in his hands he holds a hat, his hair flutters in the wind. Pushkin looks calm, he looks into the distance at the sea shore, where waves are threateningly rolling. Closer and nearer are approaching terrible clouds, but it seems to the poet that moment does not bother him at all. He says goodbye to the sea, as with an old friend.
It seems that they will never see each other again. Aivazovsky portrayed the poet with his mouth ajar, as if he were reading the sea, verses dedicated to him, and it responded to him with waves that beat against the rocks. The sea seems to be responding to its old friend, it does not want to let it go, while parting menacingly breaking waves on the rocks, expressing its displeasure.
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