The artist is Vereshchagin
In 1867–1869, Vereshchagin voluntarily served in the border troops in Turkestan and participated in campaigns under the command of the general to. P. Kaufman. Having shown courage during the defense of Samarkand, he received the highest combat award – the St. George Cross. Drawings and sketches performed by him during these years formed the basis of his famous "Turkestan series", In which the wrong side of the war is revealed to the wrongful fate of ordinary Russian soldiers, about their bloody military everyday life. "From Turkestan, he returned to the painter of the war and amazing tragedies, a painter of such a warehouse that no one had seen or heard either either with us or in Europe", – wrote about the artist in. AT. Stasov. Painting "After failure" – simple and expressive. At the fortress wall, in the foreground killed in recent battle Bukhara. Next to them, Russian soldiers, calmly standing and talking about their affairs. The picture sounds a clear condemnation by the artist of complete indifference to the death of people, the stale of human souls generated by war. Such an interpretation of events was a new word in domestic battal painting, according to the long tradition of exalting military battles and their participants as knights of valor and victory.