Kukryniksy’s painting “The End” was painted in 1947-1948 and is considered to be the highest achievement in the painting of the famous creative team, whose art was widely developed in Soviet times, from a political poster to genre works.
Kupriyanov, Krylov and Sokolov - the three “pillars” and the founder of the Kukryniksy - talked a lot about the creation of this picture, constantly mentioning their desire to capture the “collapse of fascism”, and the artists, perhaps, completely and completely coped with their task.
An almost square canvas to the left of the center depicts the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, whose facial expression and posture betray the tyrant's fear and despair. He stands in the doorway, head bowed comically, and helplessly tries to maintain a straight face, although he himself is about to suffocate from excitement.
Interestingly, the peculiarity of the Kukryniksy is their caricature mastery, which is clearly visible in the work on such a terrible topic as fascism. As a result, Hitler turns out to be tragicomic to the limit, along with the other heads of the movement, who are located at the table and do not even look at each other.
The picture makes a strong impression even on the viewer who is new to its theme and depicted heroes of history. The tension is created thanks to the format that “collects” the figures very closely, expertly designed chiaroscuro and dense color.
Light falls from an undefined source, from somewhere to the right, where the window most likely to be located, in which the main character is looking, is located.
Painful light catches the faces of Hitler and his minions, emphasizing and not allowing them to hide. The Kukryniks managed to capture what many artists of their time were afraid to portray, and they did it with impressive force.
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