The artist is Gelic
The picture refers to a series of thirty canvases on topics from the life of Peter the Great, which were written on the occasion of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the emperor in 1872 and were exhibited on the Tsaritsyn Luga (Marse Field). There is no restoration. More about the series >>>
Video film about the picture from the project "30 paintings from the life of Peter the Great" (2022)
At the beginning of the XVIII century, in the vicinity of St. Petersburg, near Lakhta, there was the estate of Peter the Great Near Oak. In early November 1724, the king went from here to St. Petersburg and along the way saw how a small ship floating from Kronstadt with soldiers sat aground. The weather was cold and stormy. Peter ordered to approach the ship and decided to help the sailors push the bot with the shallows. Those who could not get out of the water, the king rushed to save. “Seeing the disaster,” the sovereign did not endure, so as not to go into cold water to his waist; Helping with others to move the bot with the shallows ”(Peter the Great. Essay on the life of the first emperor of the All -Russian. With. 37.). Not far from the place where the tragic event occurred, a chapel was built, and for many generations of Russian people this act became a model of philanthropy and courage. Standing waist -deep in cold water, the king caught a cold and could no longer recover from the ailment. In January 1725, Peter I died in terrible torment.
The picturesque canvas depicts the details of the tragic episode, which caused the early death of Peter I. Standing in cold 6 -sewing waves, the king holds the hand of a exhausted soldier, and next to each other, drowning people try to escape. Elena Kalnitskaya // 30 paintings from the life of Peter the Great. SPb, 2022. With. 152