Description of the picture:
Father – Konstantin Apollonovich Savitsky. 1896. Oil on canvas.
&nbp; One of the most penetrating works of Konstantin Savitsky is the painting “Father”, which was completed by the master in 1896. More often we see a suffering mother next to a sick child, and here the father becomes the main character. Thrilled, desperate, with a stubborn intention to pray from the Lord for a sick child.
&nbp; The second name of the canvas is “With a sick child in front of a miraculous icon.” Both names, both concise single-word and expanded, are very deep in content.
&nbp; In a simple blanket, gathered from colorful patches, a child who is sleeping is wrapped. His face is calm, but with signs of fatigue – the baby is struggling with the disease. This is not a month-old baby, so the parents have already managed to see his first smile, hear the first sounds, become attached with all his heart. In the arms of a sick child is held by a father. This is a poor, simple man, most likely a peasant or artisan. Perhaps he traveled more than a kilometer to the miraculous icon to ask the holy image to heal his blood.
&nbp; The semantic and climax center of the canvas is not the child himself, but the eyes of the father. How many different emotions Savitsky could convey in this look. Here is the frenzied pain of despair, and tragic foreboding, and sincere prayer, directed to the icon that is invisible to the viewer, and tenacity in half with obstinacy, not to give up the death of the baby, and hardly tangible hope, and enormous inexhaustible fatigue. These eyes make a huge impression! The viewer involuntarily mourns with the inconsolable parent and hopes that despite the high infant mortality rate and limited medical care in those days, this baby will cope with the disease.
&nbp; Six years after writing, Savitsky presented the painting to his native Taganrog, the city of his serene childhood, where he was so happy until death, one by one, took his parents, leaving him an orphan."