Russian painting

After the slaughter of Igor Svyatoslavich with Polovtsy, Vasnetsov, 1880

  • Author: Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1880
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Description of the picture:

After the slaughter of Igor Svyatoslavich with the Polovtsi - Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 1880. Oil on canvas. 205x390

The outcome of the terrible battle with the Polovtsy is the plot of the painting by Vasnetsov. The field is strewn with corpses. Fate did not spare either the experienced warrior or the young man whose life was interrupted by the Polovtsian arrow. They lie nearby, struck by the wild Polovtsy.
The bodies of Polovtsy and Rus are lying nearby. Death reconciled them, equated, reassured, resolved all conflicts. Bloodied weapons lying around unnecessary, served. Dead hands still squeeze red shields, meaningless now.
Over the dead bodies, the vultures grappled in a fight. They continue what people have already finished. Over the field a pinkish moon rises. It seems to reflect the bloody battlefield. Soon the dead field will cover the night. The battle is over.
Nature in the picture is opposed to the plot. If people are death, then nature around is full of life.
Showing one of the most important events in Russian history, Vasnetsov praises the brave Russian soldiers, glorifies their feat. The artist depicted much more dead bodies of Rus. Indeed, the battle ended in victory for the nomads. But Vasnetsov does not bring despondency or grief into the plot, he inspires optimism and pride in the past of his country, his people. Vasnetsov - a romantic poet in painting - was able to create a canvas that could bring up the patriotic feelings of the viewer.

Other pictures by Vasnetsov
Knight at the crossroads
Three heroes
Sirin and Alkonost
Ivan Tsarevich on the Gray Wolf
Carpet plane
From apartment to apartment
Book shop
Military telegram
Snow Maiden
Tsar Ivan Vasilyevich the Terrible
Three princesses of the underworld kingdom
God of hosts
The only begotten son of the Word of God
Princess Frog
The Virgin and Child
Christ the Almighty
Heroic gallop
Nestor the Chronicler

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