Vasily Nesterenko. Triptych.
the Twentieth century, for our homeland, was really hard and inconsistent time. Such events as World War I, revolution of 1917, as a result, coming to power of Bolsheviks, undoubtedly, were reflected also in simple inhabitants, and in a ruling clique. But the Great Patriotic War became the most awful grief which overtook the country, of course. Further, a huge number, writers, poets and artists, in the uncountable works, tried to inform of all pain of war and all pleasure of a victory future generations. One of outstanding artists who left the print is the national artist of the Russian Federation, the full member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Vasily Igorevich Nesterenko who wrote, in addition, a magnificent triptych on a victory in the Great Patriotic War. Watching
at a combination of these three fine cloths, we as if plunge into the atmosphere of those years, worrying and feeling all features of life in that terrible time. This work reflects in itself the post-war period, victory time when the people who lost practically everything that had, despite everything, were madly glad to the end of war. Looking at pictures, the first that is evident to us, images of two elderly people and two children. Symbolism of it consists in a demographic situation of that time when old men and children, really made big percent of the population of post-war Russia, a huge number of the young people mobilized for protection of the fatherland did not wait for a Victory Day.
the First cloth, shows us the woman, the veteran, with at the same time sad and joyful look, “Pleasure with tears in the eyes“ as it is sung in one of the most popular songs devoted to a victory. The Russian nature close to heart of each our compatriot, in combination with the temple on a background, as if represents all fine for what our fathers and grandfathers in those awful times were at war and perished. The same as the sunlight which is breaking through a leaky veil of clouds itself also, the period of spring, the beginning of summer filling this work, the period on which actually victory time also fell shows us dawn of the nature, life, symbolizes the end of dark times and the beginning of bright future. The image of church on a background of this work, is also a creed. The Russian people always were quite religious, and remained such even at the time of the Soviet Union when the atheism, undoubtedly, was unproclaimed outlook of the country and was actively supported and spread by authorities. During war the belief helped people to remain people and hopes for the best, in many respects thanks to it, we all - could win against fascists. Creed in a picture, certainly, is also the willow which several branches, the woman holds in hand. The willow entered the Russian Orthodoxy long ago, having replaced leaves of date and Palestinian palm trees by which, according to the legend of the new testament, Jews met Jesus Christ when that entered Jerusalem. The Palm Sunday, the last Sunday before Easter, was and remains, one of the major orthodox holidays.
a pleasure Shade on a woman`s face, narrates that unlucky days of war remained in the past and now people to return to their pre-war life again. Will sow fields again, to reap a crop to raise children and to celebrate holidays. Simultaneous expression of happiness and grief, is undoubted, familiar to each person to a past fire and brimstone of war and waited for a Victory Day. Memories of all that pain which people endured day by day, memories of friends and the family of the battles which remained on fields, mixed with sense of relief connected with the termination of these difficult years and an anticipation of bright future for new generations of people.
But if the first picture gives us an opportunity to look at a situation, from a position of the woman who, despite for many years grief and a grief, nevertheless, more tests pleasure, then the picture representing the veteran - the man makes a certain counterbalance. Time of spring, summer giving us confidence in tomorrow and the severe time of winter which is not allowing to forget about a wartime. The tired look and a little round-shouldered bearing against snow and ice, allow us to experience all weight of the burden which fell on shoulders of this soldier, a burden which he carried by in years of the Great Patriotic War till the moment of its termination. Intensity in the situation surrounding it, the sky executed in gray tones, the rushes of cold wind blowing clothes floors transfer us not only feelings of the person, a past, undoubtedly, one of the most difficult periods in the history of our country, but also as if hint at the heavy reality of gray everyday life following a victory. The veteran clenching fists understands that the victory will be followed by many years of work on restoration of habitual tenor of life. It is necessary, not only anew to build up the cities, but also to give hope to hearts of the people who lost everything, and got used to the martial law. It was necessary to do unimaginably a lot of work and people had to trust in the best to inform of the country us in such look in what we got used to it.
the Clenched man`s fists, also tell us about what rage and offense he tests. Offense not on someone concrete, and on current situation, offense on war. … In its image, obviously slips loneliness, loneliness of the person who was losing the relatives, passed the real hell, but all - ready to go further and to protect the country. To protect, any more not from fascists, and from poverty and hunger which inevitably follow so long military operations.
Natural contrast of these two works, is the third, showing us two small children, against the picture representing the city captured by the fire. Not the fear is even reflected in their faces, and it is rather a misunderstanding. To children it was at that time more difficult and more terrible, than all the rest. It is the most difficult to survive, and, above all, it is more difficult to understand why everything occurs quite so and from - for what adults are at war. The submachine gun in the boy`s hands, with his clothes as if tell us about how in those hard times, everyone took the weapon in hand and send to a compartment to protect the fatherland the price of own lives. Men, women, absolutely still children and old men all who could took the field. Figures of the boy and the girl against these awful events are, the next reminder future to generations, that their, in some way, careless life, not that other as a merit of their ancestors who were desperately battling in the Great Patriotic War. That during war people were not divided into age categories, as well as into any others. And if the first two pictures, show us realities of post-war time, then the fire represented as the picture in a picture, against the third work of the author, partly transfers in itself horror of the war which on the cruelty others cannot compare to anything. But, the fact that children stand against the cloth representing this nightmare, but are not present there, hints that we, all - won, there came the world, and war remained only in memoirs of people.
These three works perfectly reflect all the people living in so hard time had to pass through and set us thinking, on great work of the country done by them for restoration during the post-war period. All range of the feelings which had by people from a grief, pains and confusions to pleasure and hope is remarkably transferred. 65 years which passed since May, 1945 later people, still, remember an invaluable contribution of our parents, grandmothers and grandfathers, and the holiday becomes brighter and more colourful from year to year. There is it, in many respects thanks to the people of art lifting this subject in the works for all post-war years up to our time and to direct participants of those events some of which, to general pleasure, lived also to 65 - tiletny anniversary of this great holiday. Veterans tell the younger generation about all burdens and deprivations of the accompanying people in a wartime and together rejoice to a light Victory Day. Traditional parade at Red Square in Moscow and thousands of small celebrations which are taking place on small platforms of all areas and the cities of our immense homeland will never allow us to forget this time and do a Victory Day to one of the most mass and grandiose holidays of our homeland.