In 1912, Russian landscape painter Konstantin Bogaevsky, who was born and lived in Feodosia, wrote one of his most famous paintings “Ships”. Now it is part of the collection of the State Russian Museum. By depicting the mysterious Kimmeria in many paintings, and inspired by the works of Claude Lorrain, Bogaevsky creates a unique retrospective style of painting.
The artist was inspired by the splendor of the sea, he creates several pencil sketches for the future of the canvas. Thus was born the unique fantastic world of the picture. The artist fills the Crimean landscape he has loved since childhood with romanticism. The sun’s rays cut through the sky, surprisingly combined with the old style image of nature.
The sun personifies the light of life, the decorative shade emphasizes the beauty of the rocks, inspired by the paintings of Claude Lorrain. From the picture “Ships” it seems that a real hymn of nature sounds, which is guessed in the image of the water element, the heavenly surface and the earth’s firmament. Radiant glare runs along the crowns of trees and rocks in a unique rhythm. The sea with a fantastic, almost metallic shade with the rhythm of another tonality beats on the shore.
Bogaevsky is amazingly using the technique that Lorren presented to the world of painting – the lighting in his canvases. Also, the artist is fascinated by the motive of travel, a long journey in search of the ideal world inhabited by sages. The same subject is present in the works of Konstantin Bogayevsky and after the revolution and the Civil War – during this period he creates such paintings as “Evening by the Sea”, “Old Harbor”.