R.B. Kitaj

Isaac Babel Riding with Budyonny

1962

In Tate Modern

Artist
R.B. Kitaj 1932–2007
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1829 × 1524 mm
frame: 1862 × 1556 × 51 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1963
Reference
T00561

Display caption

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 Following Joseph Stalin’s ascent to power, these stories were withdrawn from sale, due to their negative reflection on the Red Army.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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