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It often already happens that it is the artists who preserve for us the appearance of something that we destroyed at one time. Something that should have been preserved, but the mind was not enough. Much in Moscow of the thirties of the last century was destroyed, destroyed, wiped off the face of the city.
Destroyed monuments of architecture, ancient artifacts. “We are ours, we will build a new world!” - Workers and peasants shouted brainlessly, hungry and stunned by the freedom received. They ruined everything: temples, rich estates, monuments. They blew up the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and destroyed part of the Kremlin monasteries. And bricked up the Sukharev Tower. The very one that Savrasov depicted on his canvas.
This is the same tower where, on the orders of Emperor Peter the Great, midshipmen studied. This tower stood in its place for more than a hundred years, but it could not resist the onslaught of the new owners of Russia. Dismantled like a shameful tower. Although in fact, the Sukharev Tower was the most noticeable in Moscow. Many went to the capital in order to be at the top of the bell tower of Ivan the Great, to pray in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and ... to visit the Sukharev Tower. Great luck was considered there and camp.
But Sukhareva was not always popular. There were often rumors about her, as about a witching tower. They say that Moscow witches and sorcerers often gathered in it and kept advice - how and what to do over the human race.
By the way, even Savrasov could not resist - crows are circling above the tower, and this bird, as you know, is close with dishonesty. And the weather on the canvas does not pamper. Most likely, this is the edge of winter, but not spring yet. Some desperation or sadness is felt, it is not clear.
But the landscape does not appease the soul, but rather a little disturbing. And by the way, the artist managed to convey to us the color of this tower - pink. True, on the canvas it is not so noticeable, but it is clear that the tower was visible among many buildings of the capital that survived after 1812.