After the Battle of Kulikovo, Serov

Description of the picture:

After the Battle of Kulikovo – Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov. Canvas, oil. 52×99
This work was not completed by the artist. Before us is a sketch, an idea, an idea. Judging by the form, conceived as a mural, the picture After the Battle of Kulikovo is saturated with the atmosphere of grief and silence that ensued after the bloody battle.

In the foreground a warrior on a horse. He blows loudly into his horn, announcing victory, gathering the survivors. Banners unfurled, the figure of the prince is clearly visible among the soldiers. And from the sky a black cloud falls to the ground a flock of crows, smelling the smell of death. There is no glee, there is no sensation of a great victory, only bitter regret for those who died in the great battle, which will bring Moscow the long-awaited release from the humiliating dependence of the Golden Horde.

Around him is death, in all its disgusting essence. The corpses of horses, the dark figures of the monks roam in search of the half-dead. Above all this is the army of Dmitry Donskoy, looking around the swearing field.