V.E. Popkov is an artist who works in his own manner, unlike anything else, of painting. The painting “Father’s Overcoat” is not just a household plot of a wardrobe fitting, this work reflects a deep philosophical idea.
After finishing work on the painting, the artist did not take off his greatcoat for a certain time and even cried. The painter displayed a question that tormented him for a long time. He survived the war as a child, and his father defended his homeland. V.E. Popkov himself overcame all the hardships of the war and suffered in his heart the losses that the people suffered after these terrible military events.
A man tries on an overcoat, terrible memories overtake him. He looked down and seemed to freeze. The artist depicted behind him three blurry figures, which symbolize the memory of terrible events. Despite the lack of clear lines, you can make out that the figures are female. Three women of different ages are located behind the hero. An elderly woman goes into the distance, a middle-aged woman looks sadly, sorrow on her face, and a young woman screams something.
The painter very realistic conveyed the tragedy through the female characters of the picture. The man did not just try on his overcoat; he tried on the whole weight of wartime. His thoughtfulness speaks of doubts as to whether he can overcome and survive everything that the soldiers of that time experienced.
The artist was worried about the question: were there such victims in vain? Does the new generation appreciate the feat of their grandfathers? He appreciated the feat of his father and kept his overcoat with gratitude for everything. Working on the picture, he always wore a greatcoat. He passed all events through himself. The palette lying on the stool speaks of the profession of the protagonist.
The stool is modest furniture, which indicates the meager existence of the artist. The decoration of the home is a lonely painting in the background, most likely made by the artist himself. The master has been tormented by thought all his life, but is his father’s overcoat on his shoulder or is he unworthy to try it on?
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