1864, Ruza (Moscow Province)– 1910, Moscow

Battle Cry


  • oil on canvas. 58,5 х 111,5
  • Ж-8256

  • Пост.: 1966 от Е.А. Стрельцовой (Ленинград)

In olden times brigands on the Volga had a battle cry "Saryn na kichku!" It was to warn everybody on the boat to lie down in the highest part of the bows (the kichka) and stay there flat on the deck until after the robbery. These raids for robbery on the Volga were an important source of income for the Cossacks, and they saw them as one way of confiscating illicitly accumulated riches. Sergei Ivanov has painted a scene from one such attack led by Stepan Razin whose figure, full of energy and daring, stands tall in the bows. Razin was the leader of a popular uprising at the time of Alexis Mikhailovich, and it was the largest one during the 17th century.

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