Art and Faith

Friday, 22 February 2008

Aleksei Kivshenko. The Military Council at Filyakh. no date (1870s-1880s)

Filed under: 19th century,fine art,historical,military,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

aleksei-kivshenko-military-council-at-filyakh-no-date-1870s-1880s.jpgThe Military Council at Filyakh (Aleksei Kivshenko, no date (1870s-1880s))

This depicts a scene from the First Great Patriotic War against Napoleon. Most Americans are unaware that the Russians led the coalition forces that eventually defeated the French aggressors, and that the Russian forces led the way into Paris in 1814.

This led to an interesting exchange at Potsdam in 1945. President Harry Truman (a man known for his uneducated and buffoonish gaffes) was convinced that the Soviet forces were “too far to the west”. He accused Iosif Stalin, saying, “Your forces are too far west!” Iosif Vissarionovich puffed on his pipe placidly, and replied, “Yes… in 1814… we were in… PARIS”.

The scene portrayed is Marshal Kutuzov, the commander of the Russian forces in the 1812 campaign with his staff officers holding a military council in a peasant izba. Marshal Kutusov is the older man seated to the left.

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Ilya Repin. On The Turf Bed. 1876

Filed under: 19th century,domestic,fine art,human study,rural scene,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

ilya-repin-on-the-turf-bed-1876.jpgOn the Turf Bed (Ilya Repin, 1876)

To be honest, the stresses of the last week, with a larger than usual amount of posting, with a larger translation load, makes me want to use my art to escape from it all for a while. Therefore, the theme of the day is “a summer day at the dacha”, with nothing more serious to attend to than digging the potatoes, going for a walk in the fields, and a nice evening tea. Ahh…

Ilya Repin. At the Academic Dacha. 1898

Filed under: 19th century,domestic,fine art,human study,rural scene,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

ilya-repin-at-the-academic-dacha-1898.jpgAt the Academic Dacha (Ilya Repin, 1898)

Ilya Repin. On the Terrace. 1908

Filed under: early modern,fine art,human study,rural scene,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

ilya-repin-on-the-terrace-1908.jpgOn the Terrace (Ilya Repin, 1908)

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