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During the Great Patriotic War, the art team worked on several paintings. The works are particularly tragic, conveying some part of the story, the atmosphere of fear of those times.
“Tanya” is also an unusual work. It should be said about its origin. In winter, in late January 1942, an article about the heroic death of a young partisan named Tatyana was published in the newspaper Pravda. She was hanged by German soldiers in the small village of Petrishchevo, located a few dozen or hundreds of kilometers from the capital.
The artists were very impressed with the picture of the heroine, on which the head of the murdered woman with a tattered loop on her neck was clearly visible. Then the creative team got the idea to create a picture in memory of a brave woman who turned out to be the metropolitan Komsomol member of Kosmodemyanskoy Zoya. They decided to capture her brave deed so that future generations could admire the courage and perseverance of the Russian people in the person of one national heroine.
Young creators went to the village of Petrishchevo, with the goal of finding and talking with people who watched the crime committed over Zoya. They managed to find out many details: how the girl was severely beaten, tortured, kicked out in the cold. The girl proudly moved to the location of her impending death, bravely looked into the eyes of the Nazis, while preserving patriotism and inflexibility.
And so the work of Kukryniksy “Tanya” appeared - that is how the young Moscow partisan called herself.
On the canvas you can see a wooden plaque with the inscription - this is also part of the story, in reality, the girl was wearing a similar one, on it was written the “Arsonist of houses”. The picture conveys exactly the moment before the execution, where the Komsomol member Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya gives a speech, urging the people to fight.
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