Cloth “Everything is calm on Shipka!” Vereshchagin – one of the most expressive works of the Balkan cycle – was created in 1878. The canvases of this triptych are not battle scenes, but episodes telling about the terrible everyday life of the war and the heroism of an ordinary soldier. The name of the triptych was taken by Vereshchagin from the cynical report of one of the generals.
Generals, cheerfully reporting to the Supreme Command about the course of military operations, often concealed the true state of affairs. Of course, they did not mention in their reports about how soldiers, hungry, poorly equipped, froze in the mountains under constant enemy fire.
Three paintings Vereshchagin, united by one story, tell of the death of a simple soldier during the military operations of the Russo-Turkish war. The action takes place in Bulgaria at the Shipka mountain pass. On the first canvas we see a snow-covered sentry that was forgotten by the authorities at its post. The central picture of the triptych shows us the same soldier who continues to stand, covered with snow to the... very chest. On the third canvas instead of sentry – a large snowdrift. And only a corner of a greatcoat, seen from under the snowdrift, tells us that the soldier remained faithful to his military duty until the end.
Coloristic range of paintings conveys the atmosphere of a cold and gloomy winter day. The solitary figure of a soldier seems to merge with the landscape into a single whole.
Telling the truth about the war, the artist seeks to incite hatred towards her. Triptych “Everything is calm on Shipka” is a tragic narrative of the artist about the fate of an ordinary soldier. With his work, Vereshchagin mercilessly criticizes those who for selfish ends or for criminal negligence doom ordinary soldiers to a meaningless death.
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