‘Horrors of war’ and ‘Suffering and compassion’


The first postcard is called ‘Horrors of war’, although we do not see any horrors explicitly. The viewer can only imagine what kind of news stories the nurse in the picture is reading about. The second postcard shows a nurse reading a newspaper to a wounded soldier and is called ‘Suffering and compassion’. Powerful images like these can often say more about the ways in which people coped with the war than depictions of the battles themselves. The artist who created these pictures, Timofei Mozgov (1866-1919), came from a family of peasants, but studied and lived for some time in Moscow. In 1914-1915 he painted several full size pictures dedicated to the war. The printers, D Khromov and M Bakhrakh started their business in 1913, mainly publishing postcards. During the war they produced several series of these cards, which became very popular.

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‘Horrors of war’ and ‘Suffering and compassion’
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Timofei Mozgov
© Timofei Mozgov
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HS.74_2027_0154-5, HS.74_2027_0236-37

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