Red Drummer Painting by Alexander Vorobyev

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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.

Inspired by images such as 'Death of Commissioner 1928' by Kuz’ma Petrov- Vodkin, 'Red Drummer or Civil War in Russia' is considered one of Vorobyev's finest paintings. Vorobyev comments, 'This picture was painted during the times, which, at least for me, were tragic times. Those were the times of the ruining and crumbling of the USSR. As I am from that country, I saw it in a different light, from how the people living in Western Europe might have seen it. The country was crumbling, masses of people migrated, civil wars were taking place; many people, including me, could not quite work out what all that would lead too and how it would all end up. In those days I had a feeling of something tremendously apocalyptical, which could only be compared with biblical times.'

'This image emerged – of a warrior with a red star on his military hat (the type of military hats, which were part of the military uniform of the soldiers during the Russian revolution of 1917). As usual for my pictures, this figure resembles an insect and a man at the same time. He has drum sticks in his hands, and a drum with a cross on it dangles from his neck. Instead of his heart, there is a tightly clenched fist with a cross. The severed spine. Anatomical autopsy of this warrior. A quiver with arrows on one of his legs. On the horizon, there is another mystical figure, which is also banging on its drum, with an embryo painted on the drum. The cold blue background is all covered with numerous crosses. The second embryo is hanging in the air. The painting indicates uncertainty for the future.'





Red Drummer

Alexander Vorobyev

United Kingdom


Size: 46.1 W x 62.6 H x 2 in

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