'Skobelev on the Shipka', c1878, (1939). Creator: Vasily Vereshchagin
'Skobelev on the Shipka', c1878, (1939). The scene after the taking of the Shipka Pass by Russian troops in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. General Mikhail Skobelev (1843-1882) inspects the ranks of the victors, while the bodies of the enemy lie in the snow. The battle, fought between the Bulgarians, aided by Russian volunteers, and the Ottoman Empire, took place at Sheynovo, near Shipka in Bulgaria. Vasili Vereshchagin (1842-1904) painted realistic battle scenes, some of which where too graphic to be exhibited. He travelled extensively and gained international recognition, and even showed his 'Turkestan' series at the Crystal Palace in London in 1873. Painting in the collection of The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. From "The Russian State Museum". [State Art Publishers, Moscow and Leningrad, 1939]
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Josef Stalin and Mikhail Kalinin, Soviet leaders, 1930s. Artist: Unknown
Josef Stalin and Mikhail Kalinin, Soviet leaders, 1930s. From a private collection. Born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, Stalin (1879-1953) became General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party in 1922, and after the death of Lenin in 1924, effectively became ruler of the Soviet Union. Kalinin (1875-1946) was another of the leading figures in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. A leading member of the Soviet Politburo, he served as Chairman of the Chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the All-Russian Congress of Soviets from 1919-1938 and as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 1938-1946. He was a supporter of Stalin in the stuggle for the leadership of the Party after Lenin's death.
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Russian General Mikhail Skobelev on horseback, (1883). Artist: Nikolai Dmitrievich Dmitriev-Orenburgsky
Russian General Mikhail Skobelev on horseback, (1883). Mikhail Dmitrievich Skobelev (1843-1882) was a Russian soldier who distinguished himself in the conquest of Central Asia and in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. Popular with his soldiers for always being in the thick of the action on the battlefield, his death from a heart attack at the age of 38 was regarded with suspicion by many. Found in the collection of the State Art Museum, Irkutsk, Russia.
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