Creativity Vereshchagin would be incomplete if it did not have a series of Balkan works.
It includes the painting “Before the attack. Under Plevna “, which dates from the year 1881. It is an illustration of the attack of Russian soldiers on the Turkish.
The viewer is presented with a whole line of fighters, which is located diagonally. It seems her limit has no end. These are soldiers whose caps, shotguns, and boots form a unity that is ready to go into battle. And after the battle, the same unity will fall into white and red spots, which will heal the wounds received. In the distance, there is smoke coming from one of the attacks.
On the left side are the officers who are deprived of the main role on this canvas. The main characters here are soldiers, many of whom are awaiting the same thing that happened to the trees torn to pieces on the canvas.
In the film “Before the attack. Under Plevna “the artist wanted to show the grandeur of what is happening. It is this picture that will overtake the cinematic tapes on military subjects. Thanks to the panoramic solution of this picture, the artist managed to achieve the expressiveness of the image, which was noted by the audience.
Vasily Vereshchagin was not easy to create this canvas. He repeatedly tried to break it or burn it. The artist worked for days on the picture. He literally slept with brushes and at the time of creation of the canvas deprived himself of communication with his comrades.
The picture was not appreciated by the colleagues of the master. They felt that the artist’s letter is too generalized, and the color is devoid of wholeness.