Painting by Igoshev “She is waiting for her son”

The Great Patriotic War left an indelible imprint on the souls of all those people whom it affected. She brought so much misery and suffering that will forever remain in the memory of mankind. And it’s hard to understand the pain of losing your loved one and your loved one until it touches you. Vladimir Alexandrovich Igoshev with one of his paintings was able to convey the suffering and loneliness of a simple woman, in whom the war took away the most precious – the child.

In the center of the picture, the artist depicted the figure of his mother. It is near an open gate and looks toward the road. Sad and tired eyes look out over the horizon in the hope of a miracle. They mixed hope and longing for understanding that the son would never return. The years spent have left a mark on her face: gray hair is beaten out from under a white kerchief, the face is cut with the deepest wrinkles, the corners of the lips are lowered down and give the...face a sad expression. If you look at the picture itself and see the year of its creation – 1974, then it becomes even more painful. Almost thirty years have passed, and for the mother’s heart it all seemed to be yesterday. Igoshev recreated the portrait of Epistinia Feodorovna Stepanova, who lost nine of her sons in two wars. One can only imagine the torments of this woman, who repeatedly receives funerals for children.

Behind the mother is an old wooden father’s house. Looking at the wicket with ropes, you understand how much he needs a master’s men’s hand. The house is cozy and clean, with bright colors on the windowsill, but the thinned fence and the black roof are telling us that we need help, although we can not take it anywhere.

The idea that war is a terrible evil, red tape passes through works of writers, poets and filmmakers. And the artist Igoshev managed to portray a rural woman once again to remind us how to protect a fragile and so necessary to all the world.


Painting by Igoshev “She is waiting for her son”