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This painting depicts the unexpected return of a revolutionary who was exiled. The artist sought to convey the pause that arose between the arrivals and the household.
What matters is not so much the moment of appearance as the moment of surprise, which very accurately happened to convey on the canvas. This pause is so well emphasized that, in silent silence, the family simply does not believe their eyes. This state of shock and faith merged together, emphasizing the importance of this fugitive for those who love him.
Everyone knows quite clearly what will happen next, however, the author decided to leave the presentation of these emotions to each individually. In the prisoner's gaze one can consider sadness and fatigue, a request for acceptance and forgiveness, a prayer for condescension and repentance.
An elderly woman, having risen to meet, peers at the newcomer, searching for painfully familiar features and voices, the native features of her son. Still not believing a miracle and not giving up hope, a woman with a trembling hand seeks support at the back of a chair. Dressed in mourning, a woman mentally buried her son, but in her soul she ceased to believe.
Although the woman is visible from the back, this does not prevent one from understanding how grief caused her to change - gray hair with a glimpse of white hair, a slightly sunken figure, drooping shoulders, and premature old age.
The rest who were present in the picture are also members of the family, however, this is already the family of the exiled - his wife and children, who, not hiding their enthusiasm and hope, are preparing to burst into tears, not believing in the return of their loved one. The fear of the little girl was clearly conveyed and, seized with a sense of joy, the boy was about to throw himself on his father’s neck.
The image of the wife does show us a genuine story of the feelings and past life of the hero. The woman is depicted pale, exhausted, confused and frightened, but at the same time joyful.
To clearly distinguish between the exiled and the rest of the family, the artist portrayed him as a darker figure, which, against the backdrop of home comfort, the familiar course of life, bursts in like a cold wind in May days. But at the same time, the exiled is not sure whether his family will accept now that he has become a fugitive and convict, whether he will understand his motives that prompted him to go against everyone.
Therefore, the newcomer stands in the middle of the room, not daring to take a step either into the house or back to the street. There is hope in it.
Description Paintings Take the Snow Town of Surikov