The work of Vincentas Gečas showed him to be an astute observer of Soviet-era social realities. Unlike most of his colleagues in the art world, Gečas never chose motifs for his works based solely on their painterly qualities. Drawn to unadorned reality, Gečas devoted his painting to capturing many of the painful aspects of his time.
In Begging, a solitary dog gnaws on a bone. He resembles a beggar. The dogs portrayed in realistic art as early as the nineteenth century were not human companions, but symbols of the social condition. High social status was demonstrated by well-groomed, valuable dog breeds, while homeless mutts were symbols of exclusion and solitude. Gečas used the same symbols – the weary dog in his painting can be interpreted as a metaphor for the impoverished life led by people in Soviet Lithuania.