Vasily Grigorievich Perov - a famous Russian artist. He made a great contribution to painting. His works include the painting "Old Parents at the Tomb of the Son", written in 1874. Perov has traveled to many countries during his life, but most of all he was attracted to France, which later became his second home. It was here that he discovered all his talent as a household artist. After perfecting his skills, after several years in the capital of France, he returns to Moscow, explaining to his French friends that he wants to understand the human soul. In search of inspiration, he turned to Russian literature - the works of Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and other classics. The canvas "Old parents on the grave of his son" is made in the traditional style of Russian realism. Many critics are still inclined to believe that the theme of the canvas was taken from Turgenev’s eponymous work “Fathers and Sons”. The center figures of the composition are depicted old man with an old woman who came to the grave of her beloved son, who died several years ago, but is still beloved for these people. The faces of the child’s parents are hidden from viewers, but it’s not difficult to guess how they feel. The woman hunched over, hid behind her husband from the whole outside world in order to hide all her sadness. The old man, on the other hand, looks more steadfast, but nevertheless his intolerable bitterness is shown, however carefully she has been hidden. This married couple is staring at the grave, and it is already visible on her husband's face that, nevertheless, humility has come into their souls and understanding of what has happened. Parents are constantly next to the deceased son, wanting to compensate for all the lost time that was during his lifetime.
In this picture, the artist reproduced as accurately as possible every small detail, with an incredible transfer from each element of his energy and his plan. Perov chose dark tones, not pressing on the person, but rather relaxing and enveloping in his space. He does not use changes in design and decoration, so as not to distract the viewer's attention from the deep history of the picture.