This picture is the most famous work of the popular Soviet artist Yuri Raksha. Triptych consists of three separate pictures, united by one theme. The first is the “Blessing on the Battle”, the second is the “Exposure”, and the third is the “Seeing off the militia”.
Instead of depicting scenes on the battlefield, the artist decided to convey no less dramatic moments concerning not only the soldiers who defended the family and homeland, but also ordinary people who would have to say goodbye to their loved ones. Many of the warriors will not return home, and the realization of this is reflected in the mourning, worried eyes of the little girl on the first canvas of the triptych.
Soldiers, on the contrary – do not seem at all concerned, they exude valor, courage and confidence. Warriors are aware of the fact that they will have to endure a difficult battle from which they may not return alive, but they put the defense of the Motherland above the desire to live. Some warriors are depicted with a smile on their face, which indicates that even in such situations, Russian men are ready to maintain optimism and faith in a bright future.
The right wing of the triptych is called the Provocation of the Militia.
Finally, the troops went to battle, while only women, old people and children remained in the city. The faces of women are distorted by such inseparable feelings as longing, anxiety, and at the same time, the hope of returning the men home. Particularly strongly highlighted the woman in the right side of the picture, dressed in rich clothes. With one hand she comforts a child who is about to cry, and the other holds on to the belly, in which the heart of an unborn child beats.
This work was the last in the life of the artist. Later he told that the triptych is an appeal to the dead ancestors who courageously went to their death in the name of protecting their native land. The memory of the courage of the ancestors should push the contemporaries to the idea that the Russian people should stick together.