About The Ninth Wave
One of Russian Empire’s greatest artists in the 19th century was Ivan Aivazovsky, an ethnic Armenian born in Crimea whose paintings emphasized nautical themes. Among his most famous works is The Ninth Wave, which depicts several sailors clinging to part of a mast in a storm that evidently sank their ship. The sailors are clearly in a desperate situation, yet there is reason to hope they can survive the ordeal: in the background of the painting, the sky is clearing, indicating that the storm is subsiding.
Conditions these days in Aivazovsky’s native Crimea, and Ukraine more broadly, are as uncertain as those faced by the sailors in The Ninth Wave. Disaster may be lurking behind the crest of every wave. This blog will track those caught up in the tempest buffeting Ukraine as they try to reach a safe harbor.
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