The picture is written in the style of “gave”. Only the elect are given to understand the real idea, the true meaning and intention of the artist.
The picture is divided into two parts: in one, gray and nondescript tones predominate, but the other, on the contrary, is full of brightness and form. The left side of the picture seems to depict the cardinal’s thoughts, his work processes, where he decides who is to live and who does not.
In the right part is depicted a girl, illuminated by orange light. She seems to stand out, but only with forms, even the color range for her is chosen the same as the second half of the picture. On the left – the workers, in her unbearable work, on the right – a pretty woman who smiles happily, urging those who are tired of hard physical labor, the workers, to take some time off. Somewhere in the distance is someone’s persona. There is no clear image. Around the solid sand, all of the same color, only separated from each other by a shadow.
The corner of the wall, which has collapsed, divides the space in which the artist’s talent has left its mark – a bit strange, but very intelligible sense of the image. Painting with might and main shows the audience the rampage of its capabilities and scope.
Depicted by its realism and tragedy – the tired workers and the frivolous lady – are a bit of a strange, but carefully thought-out plot that makes it clear who exists and for what.
All that surrounds the workers, says that in their life there are no other “fun”, except how to spend the day away in dust, dirt and not seeing the sunlight. However, it is the working people who the author attaches greater importance, they get more color and color, but the girl just merges with the background that surrounds her.
The author seems to be telling us that you should not waste your life in search of comfort, but you should not “dig in” under the ground in search of profit. You need to find your middle ground.