The painting of the artist Vladimir Petrovich Feldman “Motherland” was written in the fifties of the last century. Then there were still very fresh memories of the bloody and terrible World War II. Her theme also sounds in this picture.
We see in the foreground a Russian soldier – in a greatcoat, with a traveling bag on his shoulders. He just returned after winning to his homeland. Perhaps he did not even have time to reach his house, stopping in the familiarly birch grove. From the high hillside his native village, the roofs of houses and the edge of a black plowed field in the distance are clearly visible.
However, the soldier does not look there yet. He leaned against the slender tall birch, touched her white bark and thought about something. Maybe he remembered heavy fighting and fallen comrades. Over the graves of many of them sadly bent the same birch. Or maybe a man remembered his distant childhood and how he and his friends ran carelessly through this grove, collecting mushrooms here.
The soldier was seized with excitement, and he can not stop him. Finally, he returned to his native place! He is alive, he has survived in fierce battles. He had to go a very difficult and long way, and in a few minutes to meet with family. How was his family? Are all alive? Will they recognize the kids growing up during the war? The fighter waited for this meeting for so long, many times imagined it to himself, but now stands and as if gaining strength near the light and kind trees.
It was autumn already. The grass has turned yellow, leaves have fallen from birch, harvest has been collected from distant fields. There are no birds in the grove. Quiet, deserted and a bit sad around. In the sky all the time running and fleeing into the distance restless clouds. They, as it were, emphasize the anxiety and excitement of the fighter before the upcoming meeting.
I very much want to hope that at home everything will turn out well. He is a victor who drove a terrible enemy from his native land, overcoming all military hardships, and now he is in for a peaceful and happy life.