The head of the Aivazovsky Gallery in Feodosia, Tatyana Gaiduk, called the recognition of the artist in the United States as a Ukrainian a complete absurdity. According to her, the marine painter was the bearer of Armenian and Russian culture, and if Aivazovsky’s everyday life and family life were rather dominated by Armenian traditions, then in his work he is a representative of the “big Russian world”.
“All over the world he became known as a Russian artist, one of those who glorified Russian art. Aivazovsky was a painter of the Main Naval Staff. He was very patriotic, in his paintings he sang all the outstanding victories of the Russian sailing fleet”— quote the words of the gallery owner RIA News”.