Rus­sian painter vis­its Wuhan for Soviet Vol­un­teer Air Force

Changjiang Weekly - - CULTURE - By He Fangcheng

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.

Photo by Chen Min

Pavel paints a piece about Soviet sol­diers and fighter jets

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