Apostle of humanity Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904). Apotheosis of war. 1871. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904) had the amazing and extremely solid destiny. The pupil of the Cadet Corps, an officer, a man of great courage and composure, he appeared wherever it was dangerous, where the whistling bullets and nucleus bloodshed. Vereshchagin was in Turkestan, in the Russian-Turkish war in the Balkans, was in the thick of the battle at Plevna and Shipka. He met his death as a soldier on board the battleship “Petropavlovsk”, undermined in 1904 by a mine in the Sea of Japan.
And all his life he passionately hated war. Hated the brutality of war, death, which it carries to thousands of people in need, grief, pain, loss of irreplaceable – constant companions of war. He hated those to whom it is profitable. “War Against War” – was the motto of the life and work of the greatest battle artist Vereshchagin, “the apostle of humanity”, as called by his contemporaries.
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