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  • #31
    Paintings which are not in " socialists realism" style are special e.g."in class during the siege or corpses at Lutheran cemetery etc., have you ever see painting of Stalin visiting the battlefield? It was painted during the Battle of Moscow, the problem was, Stalin never, ever visited the front lines during the entire war. Don't get me wrong here - he worked very hard during the war, I believe he was the right man at the right place for Russia during these times, he just never visited the troops.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by tank brigade View Post
      Paintings which are not in " socialists realism" style are special e.g."in class during the siege or corpses at Lutheran cemetery etc., have you ever see painting of Stalin visiting the battlefield? It was painted during the Battle of Moscow, the problem was, Stalin never, ever visited the front lines during the entire war. Don't get me wrong here - he worked very hard during the war, I believe he was the right man at the right place for Russia during these times, he just never visited the troops.
      Frankly, I've never seen this picture and I can surely tell you it's not famous in the slightest. I've seen different collections and normally there were his portraits or he was portrayed as a part of a party meeting or congress. Probably it was destroyed or taken somewhere to a storage during Khrustchev's destalinisation campaign.

      Speaking of Socialist Realism, I think it's generally maligned by the modern arts critics who just don't know where else their art may advance on the path of misshapen figures and ugly squiggles. If you drop the Communist connotation it's quite similar to what Norman Rockwell did, for example. Still I would agree with you that the paintings you've mentioned are quite special. The cemetery sketch was definitely painted by an eyewitness. I've photographed a few kids' drawings, but I'll upload them in the "Famous Siege of Leningrad pictures" thread - in my opinion they are documents rather than just pictures.
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      • #34
        Originally posted by Egorka View Post
        Oh my I wonder when they were painted - during the war or after it? This is no less weird than his flight to Berlin in the "Fall of Berlin" classic.
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        • #35
          Originally posted by ShAA View Post
          Oh my I wonder when they were painted - during the war or after it? This is no less weird than his flight to Berlin in the "Fall of Berlin" classic.
          You see, there it is," Stalin visiting front lines" I didn't say it is famous, but I remember seeing it. I grew up in Czechoslovakia and I'm a college graduate and I also served in the Czechoslovakian Army. From the early childhood up to the college and army we were constantly bombarded by propaganda, "socialist realism" paintings was part of it. But you are right, Norman Rockwell paintings is what, a "capitalist realism"?. That is the beauty of art, any art, to leave you with something, give you something to think about, wonder, even to imagine what happened just before or just after the moment depicted in the painting etc...., especially these military paintings. Last year there was Chinese Socialist realism painting exhibition in Toronto, Canada and I believe from there it went on to New York. Recently I saw some North Korean socialist realism paintings printed in the Time magazine in relation to some story. Some of them even make you laugh. I remember one called "Sharing a laugh" picturing a young male agronomist making rounds on his motorbike around the collective farm fields during the hot summer day, stopping by some young ladies, working hard under the hot sun - in real life reality they would most likely tell him:"get lost" or worse.

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          • #36
            Originally posted by tank brigade View Post
            You see, there it is," Stalin visiting front lines" I didn't say it is famous, but I remember seeing it. I grew up in Czechoslovakia and I'm a college graduate and I also served in the Czechoslovakian Army. From the early childhood up to the college and army we were constantly bombarded by propaganda, "socialist realism" paintings was part of it. But you are right, Norman Rockwell paintings is what, a "capitalist realism"?. That is the beauty of art, any art, to leave you with something, give you something to think about, wonder, even to imagine what happened just before or just after the moment depicted in the painting etc...., especially these military paintings.
            Somehow I think this style has become a part of what construes our image of that time, whether we like it or not - just like black and white photos and newsreels, script styles on posters and documents and so on. It is propaganda and art and "zeitgeist" all wrapped into one.
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            • #37


              "The Blockade Angel"

              B.V. Sokolov , 2000
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              • #38
                Just found this while surfing the web - http://02varvara.wordpress.com/2009/...-world-war-ii/



                Bread During the War
                Andrei Drozdov, 2005
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                • #39
                  Paintings by the renowned Soviet artist Pyotr Aleksandrovich Krivonogov



                  German atrocities in Rechitsa



                  In the area of Korsun-Shevchenkovsky



                  Korsun-Shevchenkovsky slaughter



                  At the Kursk Arc



                  Soviet cavalry in fighting near Moscow
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                  • #40
                    what a great thread, some of the paintings speak for themselves, showing why the war in the east was the most,savage brutal,and bloodiest ever in human conflict.

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                    • #41
                      Some water colours by Denis Bazuev

                      These simple paintings by the St. Petersburg artist Denis Bazuev tell about some of the most dramatic pages of the Battle of Leningrad. All pictures and explanatory texts were taken from this site:

                      http://bazuev.spb.ru/Leningrad1.htm

                      I hope he won't mind my translating and posting his pictures here.


                      The battle of Yurki





                      This episode took place during the defence of the Luga defensive belt. The Soviet troops were trying to push the enemy from the Ivanovskoye bridgehead. 2nd People's Militia division attacked the elements of German 6th tank division which had captured this area. The enemy took the village of Yurki which was close to Ivanovskoye. The German infantry prepared to repulse the Soviet counterattack. 4 anti-tank guns were placed in hidden positions and camouflaged, 3 machineguns were set up and a few tanks reinforced the defence.

                      After the artillery barrage the village was attacked by the 3rd battallion, 2nd regiment, 2nd People's Militia division lead by captain Lupenkov and a T-26 tank company lead by captain Ignatiev... Soviet light tanks crashed into Yurki. The tank commanded by Melnik was the first to break through into the village center and crushed a Geman anti-tank gun with its crew. But then an armour-piercing round hit the tank's side and it caught on fire. The courageous crew steered its flaming machine in to the thick of the retreating Germans. Then its ammo exploded...



                      Anti-tank ditch





                      Here in December 1941 the Soviet troops fought heavy battles for 2 anti-tank ditches near Kolpino. In September it were them what stopped the Germans from capturing Leningrad "on the move" (nowadays relic hunters call this area the "Kolpino ditch"), but upon capturing them they turned them into a formidable defensive line. Soviet soldiers attempted numerous attacks on enemy positions. Only in the last 10 days of December the Sovet army suffered more than 25 thousand casualties (not sure about this number, the author seems to exagerrate Soviet casualties in this and some other places) there.

                      657th Rifles attacked the second anti-tank ditch . After a bloody combat the soldiers captured a part of the ditch, and only 13 men of the whole regiment survived. They are the ones you can see on this painting.


                      Myasnoy Bor



                      This painting is dedicated to the tragic fate of the 2nd Shock army in its encirclement on the Volkhov front. Despite the constant air raids, lack of ammo, starvation (50 grams of bread were the daily ration at the time), the soldiers of the 2nd Shock army courageously fought the enemy. In the end of June the survivors decided to break out. The only path of escape was a narrow 400 to 700 metre corridor in the area of Myasnoy Bor village. The corridor remained under continuous crossfire of all kinds of weapons, and the Soviet soldiers called it the "Valley of Death".

                      Under the storm of fire, engaging in hand-to-hand combet, small groups of soldiers managed to escape the encirclement, but the bulk of the Soviet force was left there forever.


                      The fall of the "forest town"





                      Having recaptured the station of Pogostye, the Soviet troops tried to break through the enemy defences.

                      124th tank brigade in coordination with elements of 11th, 198th and 311th infantry divisions attacked the German positions behind the Pogostye village on February 16, 1942. Having broken through the Geman defences, Soviet tanks crashed into the German forest camp which had big reinforced dugouts for 20-30 men each.

                      Enemy infantry took cover in these shelters. Heavy 30-ton KV-1s started crushing the dugouts, burying their defenders alive. A total of 17 such dugouts were destroyed.


                      Sinyavino Heights





                      Heavy fighting for Sinyavino heights started immediately after the breakthrough of the Siege in January 1943. From this position the Germans aimed their artillery fire at the railroad laid along the Ladoga lake coast (which was used to deliver supplies to besieged Leningrad)

                      The fighting took place in extremely hard conditions as the Soviet positions were in a low peat bog, and the Germans occupied well-reinforced positions on the hills. Only in September 1943 the Soviet troops managed to capture Sinyavino Heights.
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                      • #42
                        A painting and some drawings from here: http://www.vor.ru/55/55_9/55.html



                        "The partisans". V. Chekanyuk, 1975



                        "Father of eight killed soldiers Nikanor Fyodorovich Sidorov". P. Semyonov, 1975



                        "Into the enemy rears". I.A.Sokolov, 1943



                        "Moscow is invincible". V.V.Bogatkin



                        "Coming home". D.A.Shmarinov



                        "Going for water to the Neva River". A.F.Pakhomov, 1942



                        "German POW's in Leningrad". A.F.Pakhomov, 1942



                        "Fireworks in Leningrad". A.F.Pakhomov, 1944



                        "Unter den Linden on May 2, 1945". V.V.Bogatkin, 1945



                        "Victors come home". L.F.Golovanov, 1945



                        "Loving and proud". V.G.Litvinenko
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                        • #43


                          V. Mityashkin. "In the memory of the "Missing In Action"



                          L. Davydova. "My grandfather. Two memory photos"



                          N. Kolupayev. "Banner of Victory"



                          V. Safronov. "Penal company camp"



                          V. Safronov. "After the battle"



                          A. and S. Tkachev. "Roads of war"



                          V. Safonov. "Battle banner"



                          S. Pivtorak. "Youth in the frontline"



                          V. Safronov. "The Wounded"



                          A. Denisov. "War miles"



                          D. Golubev. "KV-2. Battlefield application"



                          B. Astakhov. "Attack"
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                          • #44


                            D. Belyukin. "Evacuation of Drozdov's and Kornilov's regiments from the Crimea" (1920)



                            D. Belyukin. "White Russia. The Exodus"



                            N. Gprlov. "The Capture of the Winter Palace"



                            S. Gavrilyachenko. "Attack" (WWI)



                            Yu. Kugach. "From the recent past"



                            P. Pavlov. "Red Guards militiamen" (Revolution and Civil war)



                            D. Belyukin. "Splinters"
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                            • #45


                              S. Morozov. "North convoy. "Scilla" cruiser"



                              P. Pavlov. "Year 1941"



                              A. and S. Tkachev. "Parental house. Homecoming"



                              A. Demin. "Partisans"
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