The painting “The Bay of Naples” by Russian artist and marine painter, Ivan Aivazovsky, was sold at Sotheby’s in London for almost 2.3 million pounds.
Aivazovsky painted this work of art in 1841. It is noted that by 1878 he had not just found fame both in Russia and abroad; he had come to define the genre of seascape painting and redefine its place in Russian art. At over 2 metres wide the lot is one of the largest paintings by Aivazovsky to appear on the open market and is instantly recognisable as a work by his hand. It combines many of the elements for which he is best known, such as the diffuse sunlight filling a hazy sky, or the reflection of light on the calm, slightly rippling water.