'Roses for Stalin'. Painted by Boris Vladimirski (1878-1950)
There’s a certain nervousness in the faces of the children that I rather like, and the little girl looks as though she knows something about Stalin that she probably shouldn’t. The artist has also nicely captured Uncle Joe’s indifference to human beings. Maybe he sent all the children’s parents to a gulag and he’s feeling a bit awkward, or maybe there’s a hot kulak widow walking by just out of frame.
Comment by JY — September 23, 2008 @ 10:12 pm
Comment by StephenR — September 24, 2008 @ 8:22 am
I’m too lazy to research the date of the actual painting but Cf. Волга-Волга (English “Volga-Volga”; 1938). It’s my understanding that Stalin went to a great deal of effort to give the impression of being equally fond of the children of all of the different areas enveloped by the USSR (erm.. caucasian, erm.. Google them? jesus my head is sore).
Stalin’s fake-aura is risible, but I can’t blame the painter for that.
Comment by drinks-after-worker — September 24, 2008 @ 4:02 pm
but I can’t blame the painter for that
Unless it’s purely bad painting. Then I’ll happily blame him.
Comment by drinks-after-worker — September 24, 2008 @ 4:05 pm
Funny how three of those kids are ginger…
Comment by Bearhunter — September 25, 2008 @ 8:26 am
I don’t get it…
Comment by drinks-after-worker — September 25, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
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