Aivazovsky decided to use the popular belief that in the general rhythm of the waves rolled one stands out with its power and size among others. The ancient Greeks considered the most disastrous third wave, the Romans – tenth. In representations of other navigators most devastating was the ninth shaft. Confronting people and the elements – this theme of the painting. Heroes of the ninth shaft are a single cohesive group still believe in yourself people.
They never for a moment not doubt in his desperate courage, but they have stood the test with flying colors, always supporting each other. Remarkable gesture of one of the heroes, who himself barely holding on to the mast, the last effort of his support exhausted companion, not letting him slip into the abyss. And the whole group stays together, so in case anything happens to cheer each other in an emergency. All this confirms that there is a sense of struggle, the will of man to salvation in his belief that, showing heroism, his own efforts can be saved when all the laws they were destined to die. But the mad elements in the treatment of Aivazovsky's not only appalling – it is also admirable. Glowing lightning flashes of light on water shimmers like a rainbow, shine spray, huge waves rolled heavily through the lost people, menacing rock promise death.
The apparent bust of feelings, in fact, corresponded to a tragic situation. Such realism manifested itself in the film The Ninth Wave, and others, no one in his time in the depiction of marine elements could not reach. The film has incorporated much of what he had seen and experienced by artist. Especially memorable was it a storm, he experienced in the Bay of Biscay in 1844. The storm was so destroyer, the ship found drowned, and in Europe and St. Petersburg newspapers reported the death of a young Russian painter, whose name was already well known. Over the years, Aivazovsky, recalled: "Fear not suppressed in me the ability to accept and store the impression made on me by a storm, as wonderfully alive picture ". His picture of the artist exhibited in Moscow, and from the very beginning was a masterpiece. About her were legends, and 'The Ninth Wave' came to long hours to watch once, as once on the 'Last Days of Pompeii'. In the history of Russian painting this cloth shines like a light beam can be another reason that I. Aivazovsky made his 'live' love for nature at a time when very few Russian artists interested in what we call the 'soul' of nature. Landscape painters to Ivan Aivazovsky wrote chiefly 'beautiful scenery' to impress the viewer wonder and splendor of the famous scenic areas. The sincere love of nature was no question, the living beauty of her did not notice landscapes often wrote without inspiration. Benoit, Alexander said later: '… only one Aivazovsky, walking on the heels of Turner and Martin, was ignited at the time of their enthusiasm inspired by the splendor of the cosmos, is for them alive, organic, and even intelligent being. "