Russian painter visits Wuhan for Soviet Volunteer Air Force
Prominent Russian painter Dolsky Alexandrovitch Pavel came to Wuhan to work on the two main oil paintings for the Exhibition Hall of the Soviet Volunteer Air Force under construction at Jiefang Park.
On June 27, the two giant oil paintings have already started to take shape. One painting shows Soviet and Chinese pilots having a tense strategy discussion in front of fighter jets under a dark sky. The other painting shows a post-battle scene of pilots packing their parachutes and sharing their experience in combat.
Pavel said that he visited Wuhan for the first time on Russia's Victory Day on May 9, 2017. While in Wuhan, he paid a visit to the Monument for the Fallen Heroes of the Soviet Volunteer Air Force in Jiefang Park to mourn the fallen Soviet soldiers. During his visit, he began to read extensively about this historical period and felt deeply touched.
The common theme of these oil paintings is peace. The paintings serve to pay tribute to the pilots and the fighter jets that were lost in battle. Pavel does not place much emphasis on the tragic side of aerial warfare; rather, he tries to show the pilots' optimistic and heroic spirits. To descendants of these Soviet pilots, this place is more than just a grave or monument; it memorializes soldiers who risked their lives knowing that they would likely never return home.
Pavel paints a piece about Soviet soldiers and fighter jets