V. Makovsky wrote beautiful genre scenes, which were sometimes revealing in relation to the vices of society. The Russian artist is imbued with sympathy for these ulcers of public life, which brought to the world many tears, pains and deaths.
The picture “I won't let you go” tells us about the addiction to alcohol. The work was completed in 1892, when many villages grew into cities. Viewers see the urban area bounded by the picture frame.
The fence is built with blocks going into the distance - with a realistic perspective; high-rise buildings stand at a distance above it. In the background - a street lamp and open doors of a tavern with bright signs: “Beer”.
Three human figures are depicted in the foreground. A female figure blocks the entrance to the pub. A woman grabbed a woman's skirt. Together they looked at the man standing opposite. This is a husband and father, a tall middle-aged man, in worn, dirty, and torn clothes.
Zabuldyga has set a goal to get into the tavern and, it seems, looks with hatred at his wife stopping him. A woman with despair and horror in her eyes does not want to let a man go. The little son embraces his mother with pity, his sad eyes do not touch a drop of his father who is addicted to drinking.
Makovsky refuses to portray addiction in the halo of aesthetization and romanticization. Only the truth, albeit very bitter, is seen by the audience in the film “I won’t let it go”: the tragedy of forgotten love, the drama of childhood loneliness and the horror of the moral and physical appearance of a person caught in the grip of alcohol.
The picture is written in the style of realism, the genre is genre painting. The artist conveyed a sad mood with the help of grayish, dull colors. Earthy and dirty greenish shades give the atmosphere of the canvas a touch of pain and doom.
The dramatic nature is enhanced by the ostentatious loneliness of a married couple: not a single living soul, not a single hint of salvation is in sight.
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