Artist: Hovhannes Aivazovsky
Title: Night. Armenians Thrown Overboard, 1897
Location: Armenian School, Beirut
The Armenians inhabiting in the Ottoman empire have been continuously subjected to violence and massacres before the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Since 1894-96 more than hundred thousand Armenians have been massacred in various regions of the Western Armenia. This horrific and tragic news deeply influenced the world famous Hovhannes Aivazovsky. He expressed his pain and sufferings by creating series of painting such as "Night. Armenians thrown overboard", "The massacre of Trabizon", "Lord Byron visiting the Mekhitarist Congregation of ST Lazzaro", "Farewell" and the "Night. Tragedy at the Sea of Marmara" canvas as well.
Aivazovsky suddenly died in 1900 leaving the "Explosion of a Turkish warship" canvas unfinished on the molbert.