Artwork Description / Detail
Nowosiolka (Nowosiolki) is a small village in Western Ukraine, close to Krakow. The village was on the Eastern Front in World War I where it was invaded by Russian forces in 1915. Ukranians were split into two separate and opposing armies. 3.5 million fought with the Imperial Russian Army, while 250,000 fought for the Austro-Hungarian Army. March 1916 was relatively quiet on the Eastern Front after the huge success the Central Powers enjoyed at Gorlice-Tarnov in summer 1915 and Russia was consequently reorganising its army. In March 1916 they attacked the Germans further in the north with terrible losses, but the Russian Army almost smashed the Austro-Hungarian Army in the summer of 1916 in the Brusilov Offensive. The present painting depicts rather well the complacent Austro-Hungarian Army weeks and months before the offensive, i.e. the calm before the storm.