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Oil painting on canvas.
Vereshchagin left an invaluable cultural contribution for our state. His work includes dozens of paintings dedicated to Russia and the events in it.
The painting "Bayonet!" Hooray! Hooray!" is one of the paintings of the masterpiece cycle of Vereshchagin, dedicated to the Patriotic War of 1812 with Napoleon. The artist created this cycle from 1887 to 1995. It includes twenty paintings. Also remained unfinished drafts and studies. Vereshchagin devoted many years of his life to her; he created work until his death and did not finish it to the end.
In the course of the work, the artist studied in detail all the facts and historical materials related to the war with Napoleon. He divided the cycle into two parts. The first part included the theme "Napoleon in Russia." It describes events from the Battle of Borodino to the transition of French troops in the winter. The second part describes a guerrilla war.
Canvas "Bayonet! Hooray! Hooray!" completes the loop. It is dedicated to the victory and attack by the Russian troops of the army of Napoleon. The war is on the verge of completion. The enemy is retreating. The French left on the Smolensk road. They lost thousands of soldiers. The army is retreating, unable to withstand the power of the Russian people and the harsh Russian climate. Seventeen guns and a banner were lost in the battle. The attack depicted in the picture broke out in the transition to Red in October. The enemy is defeated. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
Vereshchagin dedicated his life to this cycle in order to show the power and fortitude of our people, as well as for the fact that people stopped putting Napoleon on the pedestal. The artist made an invaluable contribution not only to the history and painting of our country. He contributed to the literature. To create his paintings, he studied all the places of battle, historical facts and wrote a very serious book on the war of 1812.
The painting is in storage at the State Historical Museum.
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