Mother - Tatyana Nilovna Yablonskaya. 200 x 124 cm
This painting was painted by the famous Soviet and Ukrainian artist in 1960, when the country rejoiced at the “Khrushchev thaw” and suffered from total poverty. The canvas has an original composition. Most of it is empty - there is only snow on it, fluffy, slightly trodden by the numerous feet of passers-by and rolled by the wheels of city vehicles.
The distant plan of the picture is a street in a provincial town or village. A fragment of everyday, everyday life is fixed on the canvas. People go about their business on a snowy street, shops work, a small bus drives off from the stop.
The fact that the town is small is indicated by one-story modest houses and simple fences, and in the corner of the picture you can even see a typical village wattle fence instead of a fence. Everything is very simple, everyday, in principle, not attracting much attention.
But the most important part of the canvas is the image of a woman. It is offset from the center slightly to the side, besides it is not fully visible. This approach of the artist gives the impression of a living moment, snatched from real life and frozen forever, like a still image on a TV screen.
A young mother carries in her arms her newborn baby. Judging by the pink blanket, this is a girl. The young mother is alone, but it is unclear to her whether she is carrying a baby from the hospital or just went out with him about her business. She is dressed modestly, in a rustic way, wrapped in a large checkered scarf. Apparently, it is very cold outside, the child is also tightly wrapped in a blanket with a beautiful white rim, and there are a lot of different clothes on the mother - a blue coat, several colorful scarves on her head, warm knitted gloves with an ornament.
But the most important thing in this picture is the face of the young mother, or rather, the expression frozen on him. Her eyes seemed to be turned inward, her face flushed with frost, and a slight smile froze on her lips. What does she see, what is she thinking? Maybe about his fate, or maybe about the life and future of his child? She is a mother, which means that her main task is to protect the child at all costs.
The path of this young woman as a mother has just begun. Ahead she has many sorrows and joys, but now she is simply filled with the happiness of motherhood. The picture perfectly conveys these feelings. Despite the winter depicted on it, it broadcasts typically spring moods - joy, freshness, hope for a better future.