KUWAIT. Burgan oil fields. 1991. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq took place on August 2, 1990. It was followed by the Allied intervention under operation Desert Storm. The Allies finally liberated Kuwait on February 27, 1991 after 7 months of occupation and 5 weeks of war.
Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904)
“They Celebrate” (1872)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
The painting depicts the main square in Samarkand, Registan (which literally means “the place covered with sand”) in front of the Madrassah (medress, religious school) Shir Dor. In the centre of the painting we see pikes with the impaled heads of Russian soldiers. However, they are almost indistinguishable against the background of the blinding sun, the bright ornamentation, and the colourful clothing of the gapers. The artist himself felt this contradiction when he wrote: “I loved the sun all my life…the spectre of war still forces me to depict war, and if I want to draw the sun, then I should steal time from myself……“