Konstantin Savitsky is a Russian realist painter who became a member of the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1897. He made many paintings depicting the life of the working class. "To War" is a huge painting that took ten years to complete. Inspired by the events of the Russian war and the Ottoman government, this painting remains today as one of the best and most memorable works of this artist.
This painting depicts families saying goodbye to their loved ones, soldiers on the way to war, and a train waiting to send these troops.
The artist deliberately did not put a central figure in the painting. Instead, he created a group of people who each have stories to tell and say goodbye to their relatives and loved ones.
It is a picture of national grief, a range of emotions, psychological tension and emotional tension. In fact, it is a complex and multi-layered masterpiece.
Visual arts magazine