The Ninth Wave
|Dimensions||221 cm × 332 cm (87 in × 131 in)|
|Location||State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg|
It depicts a sea after a night storm and people facing death attempting to save themselves by clinging to debris from a wrecked ship.
The painting has warm tones in which the sea appears to be not so menacing and giving a chance for the people to survive.
This painting is often called "the most beautiful painting in Russia".
Origin of the name
Both English and Russian titles refer to the nautical tradition that waves grow larger and larger in a series up to the largest wave, the ninth (or tenth) wave, at which point the series starts again.
- "The Ninth Wave". Hermitage Museum. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- "Aivazovsky, I. K. The Ninth Wave. 1850". Auburn University. Retrieved 10 December 2013. "Detail from "The Ninth Wave" "The Ninth Wave," painted in 1850, is Aivazovsky's most famous work and is an archetypal image for the artist."
- Ivan Aivazovsky: "The Ninth Wave" at theartwolf.com
- Ninth Wave Theory at freaquewaves.blogspot.com