Son's Drawing (1982) is a prime example of the late 20th century naïve art movement. It was made by the inspector's son, a child genius who aspires to the ideology and aesthetic of primitivism rather than the socialist realism that characterizes most art produced in the region. The work itself depicts a shielded eagle, similar to the one seen on Arstotzkan emblem, watching the back of a brave warrior identified as papa (the Sanskrit word for sin) who is engaged in intense firefight. The clever double meaning demonstrates the artist's grasp of the double-edged nature of Arstotzkan "Heroism." Some critics have pointed out that the color and the stance of the eagle are references to the artist and his family's inevitable flight from Arstotzka to Obristan, a feat that deeply traumatized the artist before the actual escape.
Son's Drawing is characterized by strong use of pattern and unrefined color, characteristics which pay no respect to formal qualities of what is usually expected from "a painting." It abandons the rules of the perspective as defined by the painters of the Renaissance and replaces them with pure and authentic child-like creative impulses.
Similar to intricate stage instructions in the works of Bertolt Brecht, Son's Drawing has a phrase "hanG on Wall," which is intended to estrange the audience and emotionally detach them from the action and the papa. By using this kind of alienation affect (Verfremdungseffekt in German), the audience is led to analyze and maybe even challenged to change the world outside the painting. This was the goal and driving force behind the inspector's son's entire creative career.
If the son is still alive, the inspector gets this masterpiece as gift on day 20 if he buys a birthday gift for the son on day 18. Needless to say, if a scandalous and controversial piece of art like this is hanging on the wall during an inspection by the M.O.A. Director, the inspector will receive a fine at the end of the day.
If the drawing is on the wall on day 25, the third entrant will comment on it.