1894, Bezhetsk (Tver Province) - 1971, Leningrad

Militarised Komsomol


In this large painting, Samokhvalov depicted the members of a youth communist organisation, who displayed their determination as a group as they were training in order to defend their country. Samokhvalov painted the picture to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Red Army. The painter was impressed by what he saw at the shooting range: “there was a group of girls, lying down and improving their sniper skills. The bright and colourful clothes of these young people enhance the painting’s colours. The formation of the Komsomol members comes right at the spectator as the girl with a gas mask brings up the rear. There are studies for this painting: “Komsomol Youth” and “Girl at the Military School”.

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