The painting, painted by Valentin Serov during the first revolution in Russia, “Soldiers, brave children, where is your glory!”, Is made of cardboard, gouache and pastel. Horseback riding guards symbolize what happened on January 9, 1905 in St. Petersburg, however, according to some proposals, the dispersal of demonstrators in the current capital is depicted, which took place near the educational institution of painting, architecture and sculpture. Also, according to one of the common versions, Serov painted from nature, being an eyewitness to violence against the demonstrators on bloody Sunday.
Serov ventured to write an acute satire on tsarism of the beginning of revolutionary unrest in 1905-1907. An indelible impression was made on the artist by the defeat of a peaceful demonstration under fresh slogans.
An action that touched the artist to the depths of his soul made him renounce the honorary right to be a member of the Imperial Academy of Arts of St. Petersburg. It is known for certain that, starting from the nineties of the twentieth century, the artist painted portraits for the royal family, so that we can confidently declare a change in his moral guidelines in the years of the first Russian revolution.
The name of the picture sarcastically reflects a line from a popular military song: “Soldiers, brave children ...”, chosen by Serov. Obviously, the guards, bravely waving sabers at the demonstrators, can not be in the field of approval of the artist.
In a letter to the artist Repin, Serov expressed his indignation, saying that the sovereign did not express a desire to meet the demonstrators, taking into account their demand, but instead arranged violent actions against his own people, choosing a carrot instead of a carrot again.
The artist presented the painting on cardboard to his good friend, Maxim Gorky, together they were part of the editorial office of the satirical magazine Zhupel, and after the publication of devastating articles in it, the magazine was naturally closed.
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