Reshetnikov is a famous Soviet artist, whose famous painting “Again Two” is known to everyone. During the war, he worked as a war correspondent, collected material, drew caricatures in Sevastopol.
And once he came on a business trip to Moscow and stopped on the street to see how the kids play - ragged, dirty and probably hungry. Seen so deeply into his soul that he soon took up the picture that opened his "children's cycle" - later it was he who brought fame to the artist, because with kindness and light irony, he showed scenes of childhood that were close to everyone.
"Got the tongue" shows a scene of a small war during the big war. While adults scorch each other from machine guns, dig trenches and lay mines, the children cut themselves wooden sabers and rifles and also begin to fight each other. To imitate adults is their usual occupation, even where imitation should not be.
Five boys are clearly on the side of “good”, “ours”. The commander under the commandants stands akimbo, waiting for the captured "enemy" to be dragged to him, two scouts escorting the "tongue". He, in a green panama instead of a helmet, abuts, not wanting to admit defeat. A shaggy dog stands next to the owner and looks the other way; she is clearly not interested in this war.
But six soldiers are hard to distinguish. They are equally disheveled, equally sloppy dressed. They do not have a form that helps adults understand their wars, who to shoot at, they speak the same language, and it is very clear from their example that all the fighters are people. All the soldiers were such boys and were nothing but uniform, and were essentially the same. And the boys are well aware that this is a game.
One of the guards sympathetically leans toward the captive - oh well, they won’t eat you up - the commandants are a little bewildered by the fact that they will have to interrogate now and, perhaps, even torture them.
Adult war comes to the children, they play it and make it their own, fearless.
A war without hatred and terror is what a game of war is.
Girl on the Ball Picasso Painting