- R.B. Kitaj 1932–2007
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1829 × 1524 mm
frame: 1862 × 1556 × 51 mm
- Purchased 1963
This painting is based on the writings of Russian author Isaac Babel. During the Polish-Soviet War of 1920, Babel accompanied the First Cavalry Army as a war correspondent. He documented the bitter realities of war in a collection of short stories titled Red Cavalry. Following Joseph Stalin’s ascent to power, these stories were withdrawn from sale, due to their negative reflection on the Red Army. They did not return to bookshelves until after Stalin’s death in 1953.
Gallery label, June 2021
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