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A Resting Place of Prisoners

Vasily Vereshchagin

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
With loose, expressive brushstrokes and sensitivity to raw emotional detail, Vasily Vereshchagin here conveys on a massive scale the horrors he saw firsthand in the Russo-Turkish War. In the winter of 1877, while working as a war correspondent, he witnessed thousands of Turkish prisoners freezing to death while being marched to Russian war camps. Vereshchagin’s war canvases exemplify the avant-garde Russian style of Critical Realism, a movement that focused on contemporary themes painted directly and accessibly in order to bring about social reform. The openly antiwar The Road of the War Prisoners was rejected for the czar’s collection, but Vereshchagin finally sold both canvases displayed here in 1891 to collectors in New York still reeling from the horrors of the American Civil War.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Russia
  • DATES 1878-1879
    DIMENSIONS 71 7/8 x 119 1/8 x 2 1/4 in. (182.6 x 302.6 x 5.7 cm) Frame: 79 3/8 x 127 3/8 in. (201.6 x 323.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 06.45
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown
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    CAPTION Vasily Vereshchagin (Russian, 1842-1904). A Resting Place of Prisoners, 1878-1879. Oil on canvas, 71 7/8 x 119 1/8 x 2 1/4 in. (182.6 x 302.6 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown , 06.45
    IMAGE overall, 06.45_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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