MB Grekov is the founder of Russian battle painting. According to his works, you can study the history of the Soviet state and visually see everyday events. One of the striking examples of work in this direction is the painting "Trumpeters of the First Cavalry Army."
The artist was called up for military service and wrote all his works based on personal experience. In the army, the painter did not stop working and displayed the difficult workdays of ordinary Soviet soldiers and the work of trumpeters, who needed to not only ride a horse, but also play music.
The artist hatched the idea of this work from the time of the Civil War. He became a kind of creator of visual aids of the exploits of the Red Army.
In the work, the painter very accurately managed to convey the movement and aspiration of the horse army. Trumpeters are sitting on the front flank, these are not sleek musicians, but large warriors playing wind instruments. They, ahead of the entire cavalry, raise the morale of the soldiers, show their fearlessness, courage and courage.
Near the chieftain in a sheep’s hat, he is deployed to the trumpeters and, perhaps, shouts something. Maybe it's a battle cry. A red banner with a scarlet wave develops over the heads of the soldiers. Cavalry with its large numbers goes into the distance and apparently not everyone can hear the trumpeters playing.
The artist conveyed the importance of raising morale. Rising dust on the road means that the horses are not just walking slowly, but moving at an active pace. The picture is filled with patriotism, and I want to join the cavalry and join the struggle for injustice. A clear day creates a positive mood.
The artist witnessed troubled events and was able to accurately convey the mood of that time. The painter himself joined the detachments of the Red Army and accompanied them throughout the civil war. He played the role of an army artist, capturing the events of that alarming time.
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