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This piece, The Tenth Wave, is one of Aivazovsky’s most famous…and I can see why. Aivazovsky uses perspective, color, and detail to give a lifelike encounter with a ship out at sea. He uses perspective to make it seem like you are on a ship watching the passing ship in the painting by using a low eye level. The color used in the background really makes the distant ship stand out and not so far away. Aivazovsky’s amazing use of detail (ex. the waves, clouds, the lighting, the ship, etc.) to give you that real-life feeling of actually being there and experiencing it, and also adds to the pleasure of looking at it over and over again.


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