My mother and me. 1967, oil on canvas, 130×80, EIG
In Isabekyan's art "My mother and me" work is special with its semantic conception.
Six years after the death of his mother the painter again touches upon the familiar character returning the past with a new survival.
Seeking for generalizations, the painter endows his mother's character with monumental shades, fixes the durability of motherhood, filial love and longing, values timeless feelings and highlights his memory with neoromantic melancholy.
The painter does not apply everyday description, but original thinking. The base of the composition is the spiritual-emotional sensuality as a survival of a person. Keeping the individual features of his mother's image, the painter endows the woman's waist with a light stretch and solemn majesty.
The general compositional structure of the canvas is distinguished with its static solemnity.
Beside the proud image of his mother Isabekyan is depicted as a youngster with self-contained emotions, thoughts and dramatics on his face.
The image of the mother is depicted through special clothes, a part of which looks like historical garb, especially the blue opening and the red sheath with brown shades on breasts.
The general gamma of the colors is dark. The impermeable background is disrupted by light and color stresses.
The painter uses the inner emotional potential of the light taking out his mother's image form the deaf background lighting the forehead, and then slides gradually the light towards the hands, creates light-shade processing of the face and neck, depicts mild rhythm of the dress shapes and pleats.
The bright red of the shirt of the youngster is in contrast with the other parts on the canvas.
In the work the existence of the two characters is extraordinary and dual in the spatial dimension. First of all, the artist's idea is a retrospect to two people, to their destinies. On the canvas the characters of the mother and son, even together with their concrete attributes, are interpreted separately, with temporal and psychological barrier. However, Isabekyan depicts himself so attentively in order not to ruin the integrity of his mother's image, the main idea of the composition.