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Tankers' morning

Painting, 1954, 146×181 cm

Description of the artwork «Tankers' morning»


"Paintings dedicated to our valiant Armed Forces can literally be counted on one's fingers. These are "Morning of Tankers" by B. Fedorov, "Back in Action" by M. Natarevich, "Sacred Rocks. (Sevastopol)" by P. Sokolov-Skal.
"Fedorov's 'Morning of the Tankers' is an excellent, cheerful picture, vividly characterizing the representatives of our army, an indisputable success of the artist."
Boris Vladimirovich Johansson
People's Artist of the USSR
Full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR
Academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR
D. in Art History
Honorary Member of the Berlin Academy of Arts
Article "All-Union Art Exhibition of 1954"
Art magazine, Moscow, Art Publishing House, 1955, March-April, No. 2, p. 8

"With heavy and formidable battles the artist B. Fyodorov went his way to Berlin as a tank driver. Together with the advanced units he stormed the Reichstag. There, on the background of the burning ruins, Fyodorov painted portraits of the storming participants. After the war, the artist continues to talk about his beloved people, friends and comrades at the front. Thus was born his famous painting "The Morning of Tankers" (1952 - 1954)
This canvas is a cheerful, cheerful story about our soldiers during the war. It may at first glance seem strange that the artist, who reached Berlin and stormed the Reichstag, did not choose a battle scene for his work. I think it is no accident B. Fedorov showed his characters in the hours of calm at the front. Was it not about this quiet, calm morning thought each of the members of the tank crew, when he smashed the front positions of the enemy, jumped out of the burning tank, waited for long terrible nights in the damaged car, when he pulled to "their" tractor. All this could have been expertly painted by an artist. But Fedorov chooses, in our opinion, the way, allowing to convey the character of the Russian soldier penetratingly. Severe and cruel thing - war. But nowhere is there such a need for laughter, not expensive joke, as in war. And here the young tankmen, laughing with all their hearts, are pouring cold water from the ice-hole on the ringing cold. In this youthful prowess, in the embodiment of strength and health, the artist gives a piercing sense of life and a short peaceful silence, downcast with soft "hare" snow, birches, giving birth to a feeling of connection with the native land and Motherland. In these images, very simple and earthly, embodies the moral health and humanism of the Soviet soldier"
Anatoly Ivanovich Roshchin
Member of the Russian Union of Writers
Member of the Russian Union of Artists
Candidate of Art History
Professor in the Department of Russian and Soviet Art at the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture
Article "The Military Theme in the Art of Leningrad Artists
Neva magazine, Moscow-Leningrad, Art Literature, 1970, No. 5, pp. 200-201

"The Leningrad Spring Exhibition has meaningful artwork.
Painting by B. Fyodorov "The Morning of Tankers". The plot of the painting is very simple. On a winter morning a group of tank drivers came to the ice-hole to wash. Under the general laughter of the fighter pours ice-cold water undressed to the waist comrade. A small, very lively scene from life. But the content of the picture is much bigger and much broader than this funny episode. In Fedorov got a picture about strong, cheerful people. You feel a good, warm, life-affirming feeling when you look at it. Fedorov took the path of developing a private, insignificant episode, seeking to invest it with deep meaning. The artist's luck is that he managed to find the general in the private, in a small plot - to reveal the great content.
Fedorov's and Lavrenko's paintings, very different in theme, have one thing in common: they tell about ordinary Soviet people with warmth and sympathy
Vladimir Alexandrovich Serov
People's Artist of the USSR
Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR
Academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR
President of the Academy of Arts of the USSR
Article "To know life, to show the truth of life!"
Book "Leningrad Almanac" Leningrad, Lenizdat (Leningrad Newspaper and Magazine and Book Publishers), 1954, Book 8, pp. 306 - 307

"The best qualities of the Soviet people are revealed in B. Fedorov's picture "Morning of Tankers". It attracts with its truthfulness and vitality. With laughter and jokes tankers are pouring water from the ice-hole in the cold. Sturdy, healthy people can joke, laugh, childishly directly enjoy life. Their relaxed and infectious gaiety unwittingly captures and conquers. This scene reveals the moral and physical strength, the good nature and humanity of ordinary people, the soldiers of the mighty and peaceful Soviet Army. The luminous, lush, picturesque structure of the painting corresponds to the optimism, freshness and vivacity with which the entire work is filled."
Н. Apraksina
Article "At the spring exhibition of artists"
Smena newspaper, Leningrad, 1954, Friday, June 18, No. 143, p. 3

"The images of Soviet people created by B. F. Fedorov ("Morning of Tankers"), A. A. Plastov ("Summer"), A. K. Papyan ("To Studying") are filled with optimism and a joyful sense of life. N. Gavrilov's "May. The Northern Night.
Leonid Semyonovich Singer
D. in Art History
Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. Moscow
Album "All-Union Art Exhibition of 1954", Moscow, Publishing house "Soviet Artist", 1955, p. 7


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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene, Battle scene, Historical scene

Style of art: Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1954

Size: 146×181 cm