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The horrors of the October revolution on the drawings of the beholder

Ужасы Октябрьского переворота на рисунках очевидца

So, friends, today will be an interesting post about how really looked like the October revolution of 1917, which occurred exactly one hundred and two years ago. Photographs of those years have been preserved not so much, but left some drawings from artists documentary — which, however, to have survived not too much.

The paintings, which I show you in today’s post, has made me a huge impression. More surprising is that the artist who painted them lived in the USSR — quite successfully survived the Stalinist terror of the 1930-ies his paintings for some reason was not destroyed. He has painted almost until the last days of life and even in the 1930s continued from time to time to Troll scoop paintings like “the Battle on the beach — cultural achievement in the sport!”.

So in today’s post — a true picture of the horrors of the October revolution from the direct witness of the events. Make sure you check out the article below, write your opinion in the comments, and of friends added do not forget. And telegram channel also subscribe)

First, a little history. The author of the paintings, which are posted below — artist Ivan Vladimirov (1869-1947). As can be seen by years of the artist’s life — in the years of the October revolution and the ensuing Civil war, Ivan was already a Mature man and an accomplished artist already got some fame.

In the beginning of XX century Vladimir positioned himself as an artist-documentarian — he worked the so-called “art correspondent” in the Russo-Japanese (1904-905), Balkan (1912-13) and First world wars. About the subjects of his paintings of those years can be judged by the names “Weapon in danger”, “Artillery battle”, “Returned from war”, “Intelligence in the shower”, “prisoner Interrogation”, “Enhanced reconnaissance”.

In 1917-1918, Vladimirov worked in the Central police station, where painted portraits of wanted criminals with victims (similar to the art of “sketch”). During the revolution of 1917 Vladimirov made many sketches, which were then the subjects of his paintings — which illustrates the realities of those days and the true face of the Bolsheviks.

It’s amazing, but Ivan Vladimirov for some reason, not repressed in the 1930s — he survived the repression and the Leningrad blockade, during which he painted posters and kept a diary of the siege. More surprising is that many of his works were exhibited even during Soviet times, the Tretyakov gallery.

Now let’s look at the pictures.

02. The capture of the Winter Palace fall in 1917. Faces and facial features krasnoarmeitsev far from those “strong-willed and single-minded comrades” who then drew in all Soviet textbooks. Far from ideal and their actions — a gang of red army behaves like an ordinary drunken thugs, shooting pictures and destroying ancient statues. 22 years later the children of these soldiers will behave during the “annexation of Western Belarus” — with blunt anger and smiting swords, the flooring in the castle of the Radziwill family at Nesvizh.

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03. And this painting depicts the Bolsheviks on the streets, “revolutionary Petrograd”. As you can see, the soldiers not only went marching off to rousing songs about the Budennogo, but did not shun the banal robbery — the picture show how brave “Soviet Lenin” destroyed a liquor store and get drunk right at the entrance.

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04. The extrajudicial killing of “ideological opponents-whites”. Note the person krasnoarmeitsev is the real Ball. No doubt that the artist on the side of the shoot, and a big mystery to me — how he managed to survive the terror of the 1930s. Maybe it was the fact that the Soviet authorities were not seen in the pictures there is no contradiction — “what everything looks like! This rifle looks just like me, and this is my buddy nick!”.

Ужасы Октябрьского переворота на рисунках очевидца

05. And this — the executions in the cellars, which began, in fact, immediately after the coup. The face is also very distinctive; later Joseph Brodsky — “after the revolution of 1917 and the repression in Russia was an anthropological shift from which it will recover a few centuries.”

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06. The realities of 1918. In the picture it seems there is nothing special, if you do not know its name — “the Looting of the car with help from red cross.” Most likely, the car robbed the same “red”, which ohranjati railroad — appropriating products that were intended for the hungry.

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07. Also the looting — this time Bank of cells, under the clever name “seizure of booty”. The fact that these cells kept their money and values of ordinary citizens — no one was interested. Have something more than tattered sandals? Then the enemy.

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08. The painting, entitled “Entertainment teenagers in the Imperial garden.”Then, as they say, no comment — the art after the revolution became a “free for all”. In particular, in order to throw stones at him.

Ужасы Октябрьского переворота на рисунках очевидца

09. But just a stunning picture under the title “no one to protect” — that is to say, the triumph of the winners. Two bull-“red army” to sit down to an intelligent lady in a cafe, one of the red bandits firmly holding her hand, and you can understand that anything good this meeting will not end.

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10. Another stunning picture from the same series, with those “winners” in the bed of Opera or theatre. Types noticed just fine.

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11. A little more “post-revolutionary realities.” Hunger in Petrograd — people cut off chunks of meat from the corpse of a fallen horse, while in the background are bravura rallies under red flags.

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12. And I love the life in those years:

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13. Paintings of rural life in those years Ivan Vladimirov also occur. Let’s see what they depict — can be, at least in village life was better? No, it was the same robbery. This picture shows how commissioners instigated the peasants to plunder the rich mansion:

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14. But those same peasants dragged home stuff. So I want to ask — “well, enriched? Much your life has improved?”

Ужасы Октябрьского переворота на рисунках очевидца

15. However, the loot is “good” peasants rejoiced not for long — soon they were in the house came the surplus units that were scraped out of the barns all stocks of grain, condemning people to hunger.

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16. And it is work in the village the so-called “peasants”, which gained any rural alcoholics — the more lumpen was a man, and the more antisocial lifestyle he led, the more likely he could get a place in “the peasants” — they thought he was the “revolutionary bortsuny” and generally well done, “was not working for the king.”

Yesterday’s alcoholics and lumpen got complete power over the destinies of people, which the Soviet authorities considered their enemies. Economic peasants, hard-working, wealthy people, priests, officials — was tried by the “peasants,” and often sentenced to death.

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17. Robbery of valuables from a rural Church. A large part of the goodness that I took in the churches and at the former rich people — were sold to the West, and the funds from this went to the “Soviet industrialization”. This is the real face of the”genius Stalin,”who so loves to praise the Stalinists, in 1920-30-e years he was doing exactly the same, than was engaged before the revolution robbed people and spent money on their searchlights.

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Here are the pictures. In my opinion, a very strong episode. I think if in Soviet history books that he published, not the pathetic images of “revolutionary sailors”, the attitude to the events of 1917, people would be quite different.

What do you think about this?

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