The son of an Italian diplomat, Lev Lagorio was born in Feodosia, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg under M. N. Vorobiev and B. P. Villeval'de. Like Ivan Aivazovskii, to whom he is greatly indebted artistically, Logorio was a painter of seascapes and went on several voyages in order to better understand the sea.
In 1845, the young artist began his first sea-voyage on the frigate Groziashchy in order to learn about ships and how they interact with the sea. He traveled along the Baltic seacoast and then later to Vyborg and the Caucasus. The artist continued his travels to Paris and Rome, Tivoli and Sorrento, ultimately spending eight years in Italy.
The present painting depicts fishing vessels grounded at low tide. Here, Lagorio demonstrates that he is truly a master of light and water, very much like Ivan Aivazovskii, and his years in the pristine light of Italy have clearly influenced his vision. Although the sun is partially hidden behind the billowing clouds on the horizon, the entire scene is bathed in a cool, clear light that shimmers on the surface of the water. The waves lapping gently at the sand bar are delicately painted in touches of white which carefully delineate the contours of the spit of land supporting the grounded vessel.