Mane had an amazing talent – to snatch everyday, at first glance, scenes from everyday life and draw other people’s attention to them. People who are busy with daily activities, people who can be met just by going out.
Many works of Mane just scream – “Why do you need pictures, look around and see.” “Railway” – one of these surprisingly bright and simple picture. It depicts a young girl sitting on the edge of a grating fence and a little girl peeping behind the bars. They may be sisters – or a governess girl walking with a child. In any case, they look in different directions – the girl’s face is not visible, but the girl is looking directly at the viewer’s face, as if he had just called her name, and she is unhappy that she has been torn off the book. Perhaps in her about love. Perhaps about magical adventures.
Perhaps about the simple everyday life or about the exciting adventures of some famous detective story. In the girl’s arms a small puppy is sleeping, the book is open in the middle. It is necessary to look away from the picture – and it seems that the girl again returned to reading.
The girl is busy with others. Standing on tiptoes, leaning forward, she looks beyond the fence, onto the railway, where a train arrives in clouds of smoke and steam. Perhaps she wants to go on a trip and find amazing adventures and good friends in it.
Perhaps, she never went by train and passionately dreams about it – and maybe, on the contrary, went and gave herself to sweet memories. Her hands on the bars. Head slightly tilted – stubbornly, carefully. The fact that for her elder friend only a simple reality is gray, which can and should be exchanged for the reality of the book, for herself it is a miracle, a fascinating fairy tale that is worth neglecting reading for her. And the puppy is sleeping. He needs only people and bone.