Vasily Vereshchagin his painting "The Apotheosis of War" predicted real events

• How Vasily Vereshchagin his painting "The Apotheosis of War" predicted real events

"Thanks to the" contemporary media and film, the inhabitant is quite familiar with the image of death. Despite this, the painting by Vasily Vereshchagin "The Apotheosis of War" still is an oppressive sense of fear and a kind of emptiness. The artist wanted to show that ultimately awaits all conquerors. But he was in a nightmare could not have thought that once his picture will want to play really.

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Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin.

Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin could never boast of a special arrangement of the authorities to the person, because he portrayed in his paintings are not brave battles, and the harsh reality. Many military leaders and civilians called upon to destroy these paintings, t. To. They are "the most pernicious influence." But the most resonant work Vereshchagin became "The Apotheosis of War" (1871).

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The Apotheosis of War. Fragment.

At first, the picture was called "Triumph of Tamerlane", but later renamed it the artist, and wrote on the box: "Dedicated to all great conquerors - past, present and future." And indeed, on the skull can see traces of the arrows, swords and bullets. The picture is not destroyed just because it was acquired in a private collection of Pavel Tretyakov.

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The suppression of the Indian Uprising by the British, Vereshchagin, 1884.

"Apotheosis of War" - not a single picture, very vividly describes the horrors of war. A little later, after visiting India and seeing the atrocities that British soldiers worked on the locals, Vasily Vereshchagin painted "Suppression of an Indian Uprising by the British." Empire soldiers tied to the guns of the rebels of people and made shots. Sepoy body torn apart, that was terrible twice. After all, according to their religion, they can not find peace in the afterlife.

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The remains of those killed by the Khmer Rouge genocide.

A century after the writing of "The Apotheosis of War" took place in Cambodia genocide hosted by the Khmer Rouge. They seem to have tried to recreate the picture by Vasily Vereshchagin in reality. They killed hundreds of thousands of people, so the pyramids of skulls were piled up countless.

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The remains of those killed by the Khmer Rouge genocide.