The grand canvas "Wave" - a vivid example of late works by Aivazovsky.
It is interesting that at the time of painting the artist was 72 years old.
Playing the rapid motion of the waves, the painter admires the Cyclopean power of nature, as if it compares with the futility of human efforts: low hovering over the waves of heavy leaden clouds, gulf is about to engulf the wrecked ship, there is no hope and are trying to save the sailors. Coloring picture cold and gloomy.
Painter departs here from the early romantic palette and brightness close to a realistic solution.