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Peter Krivonogov is a famous graduate of the studio of M. Grekov, who presented the world with many talented military artists.
Krivonogov happened to participate in the last large-scale war - the Great Patriotic War. He went all the way - from Moscow to victorious Berlin. Having joined the army in 1939, the painter until 1945 boldly absorbed the bitterness and horror of the war period. He made quick sketches of battles, painted portraits of his colleagues, and in periods more calm at the front, he created full-fledged paintings.
“Victory” is the famous battle work of a Soviet artist. The plot was conceived at the very moment when the Red Army triumphantly stormed the German Reichstag, and he fell in ruins, debris and dust.
Krivonogov set a goal to paint this large-scale by the size and number of characters picture after returning to his homeland. I had to work for about three years. In 1948, the canvas turned out to be ready, it went to the exhibition and a year later brought the author a well-deserved award.
What do we see on canvas? The victory over fascism is accompanied by the artist joyful cries of Soviet soldiers - repeated "Hurray!". Countless men in uniform are solemnly and selflessly rejoicing. The intoxicating feeling of liberation from the Nazi invaders forces the fighters to raise their hands up, holding up arms, helmets and scarlet flags.
The Reichstag building is fragmented, charred columns are dotted with shots, stone fragments and dead opponents are on the steps. The battle was just over, and even the smoke had not cleared at the clash. This is the first cry of joyful liberation, it is the happiness bestowed for steadfastness and fidelity to the ideals of justice.
“Victory” came in a wide circulation - it was printed in periodicals, in books and on postcards. The painting has become a symbol of the unity of the people in the fight against a common enemy.
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