Today is the 9th of May. Here in Russia we celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany in the course of the World War II. It’s a very important date because for people here it’s the end of the Great Patriotic war as well. The nazis attacked then the USSR unexpectedly and furiously. No one was prepared. The war took away lives of dozen millions of people. Literally every family in Russia was affected by the war and many lost their beloved ones. Thank God that some veterans are still alive and the memory still lives. So I’d like to dedicate this one to the occasion.
This is a picture by Konstantin Antonov (born 1924) and it is called “Victors” (1985). This picture shows us a part of the Victory parade that took place in 1945. Soldiers march along the Red Square in Moscow with trophy flags in their hands. These men have survived horrors of the war and now they are the victors.
As for Konstantin Antonov. He went through the war himself. In 1941 he entered the Moscow academy of arts but only several days after the war started. Right before the end of the war he got severely injured and had to go stay at hospital. Today his works can be found at Tretyakov gallery in Moscow.