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Vasily Vereshchagin was one of the most famous Russian artists describing military adversity. Many of his works were never exhibited in Russia because of the realism of the scenes.
After the Russo-Turkish war, Vereshchagin lived and worked in Munich, writing a large number of works on military subjects. All of them had a common motive in representing the delights of the world and the images of the horrors of war. Including the artist painted several scenes of British imperial rule in India, and his Procession of the Prince of Wales in Jaipur is considered one of the largest paintings in the world. Returning to India, he created several paintings depicting the suppression of the Indian uprising by the British authorities, which caused mixed opinions on the border of art and politics.
In Russia, a ban was also imposed on Vereshchagin's exhibitions, as well as a ban on their use as illustrations in books and periodicals. The main reason for the prohibitions was accusations of defamation of the Russian army. The artist has not easily endured unfair accusations and even burned three of his paintings.
Painting Mountain Stream in Kashmir stands out from the general series of Indian works by Vereshchagin. It was painted during the artist’s first trip to the Himalayas, India and Tibet in 1874-1876. He admired the nature of mountainous Kashmir, its cliffs and rocks, which saw many empires - from the Mughals to the British colonialists. The peaceful tranquility of the canvas is no coincidence - in these places there were bloody battles between the Indians and the rebellious mountaineers of Kashmir.
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