Natalie and her husband Michael
photo by Dirk Van der Werff of Hartlepool Life newspaper
23 March 2018
The Rainbow is Natalie's painted copy of Aivazovsky's Rainbow. At just 40 x 50cm it is considerably smaller than the original whose dimensions are: 102 x 132 cm and hangs in our favourite gallery the Tretyakov in Moscow.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian: ; 29 July 1817 – 2 May 1900) was an Armenian-Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. [Wikipedia].
Living in Hartlepool has inspired Natalie not only to paint original sea scenes from here but to 'import' via her own brush, reproductions of famous Russian painters.
This she has done in another context with the 'Troika' by Vasily Grigorievich Perov which also hangs in the Tretyakov gallery. (see next page).