Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Piłsudski, which began as an image of anonymous figure in heavy coat from the time of the Russian Civil War--his strong character caught my eye, as with Chapayev, the legendary Bolshevik hero (listening to song,"Гуляал по Урали Чапаев-Герой"--Chapaev-the-Hero Strolled through the Urals), which sounds about right here except that the picture is indeed Josef Pilsudski--the aristocratic Polish commander who defeated the Red Army in the battle for Warsaw in 1920--about the time of the photo was made. Contradictions. On top of which, the painting shows a more ambiguous, pensive figure--fur-collared great coat notwithstanding.

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