In many of his paintings, the artist reflects the theme of the movement of the People’s Will in Russia. This work is directly related to political struggle. It was painted in 1882.
Historians and critics consider Makovsky a realist, because he shows life by exposing the whole truth. In this picture, we see a man who has to serve a punishment for his high-social ideals, because he does not think in the way his rulers would like.
Makovsky does not pay much attention to small details, he is focused on building a common image of the protagonist. The view of the depicted is clear and spiritual. Thin fingers of fingers are closed in the lock. The man reflects. I imagine him to be adamant and single-minded, he can not be broken even by the sentence to death, it seems to me that if they lead him to be executed, he will not give fear to his appearance....
Looking at the picture, we penetrate to the hero with warmth and sympathy. With some love, the artist depicts the protagonist, hence we can conclude that the liberation movements were close to him, and he involuntarily takes the side of the convict, rises with the people, stands up against the revolutionaries-Narodnaya Volya.
I, of course, liked this work. It is interesting to notice and disclose small secrets of the artist. After all, in most cases, looking at his pictures, you can create not only an analysis of the work, but also a psychological portrait of the author himself. To reveal that he loves, il, and to what concerns with distrust, from which he is delighted or that he is disappointed.