My goodness this guy grates on my nerves. Vlad the Impaler is working hard to create an image of himself as a tough-guy with a soft side for artistic pursuits. Wha?
Vladimir Putin has gone from Macho Man to Renaissance Man as he displays his art skills for a Russian audience getting used to being told of his many and varied talents.
The hardman of Kremlin politics is better known for his exploits as a Cold War spy as well as flooring opponents on the judo mat, baring his torso on fishing trips to remote Siberia, and even last year single-handedly taming a rare Amur tiger.
But the Russian premier has taken time out from his latest battles over gas with Ukraine – causing a deep chill over much of Europe – to show that, like Churchill (and also Hitler), he has a softer, more artistic side.
The work for auction at a charity auction – is called ‘Pattern’, and shows a simple window with curtains, as might be seen in millions of dachas – small country homes – across his sprawling ice-bound empire. The title refers to the frosty patterns on the panes as it snows outside.
Hmmm….I have a theory about some men. The more perfect they appear (meaning ultra-perfect), then they are too good to be true, and they have a control-freak lurking beneath all of that “skilled” exterior. (Not a knock on men in general, just what I’ve noticed about the “too-good-to-be-true” types).
Putin’s desire to maintain some form of power within the Russian government shows that he must be a control freak. But, people of his ilk often have a bit of a temper, and folks with his amount of power and ego, well, become tyrants.
He scares me.
Even the premise and the creation of the painting is like the “good-old-days”:
All of the paintings – one for each letter of the Russian alphabet – are based on a story that begins with a natural resource being stolen in Ukraine. Not Russia’s problems with gas transit in Ukraine but Nikolai Gogol’s story ‘The Night Before Christmas,’ which begins with the devil stealing the moon.
While it is signed in his name, V Putin, at the top left of the picture, it is clear that the work in acrylic paint was ‘touched up’ by Nadezhda Anfalova, a noted Russian artist who is coordinating the auction on Saturday to raise funds for a local hospital, a cancer unit and a church restoration project in St Petersburg, his home city.
She is said to have ‘improved’ the curtains, which, perhaps embarrassingly given the current conflict, are decorated with a red Ukrainian pattern. The leaders of Russia and Ukraine are barely on speaking terms over the dispute.
A source said the artist only assisted with ‘a few details’, not the main idea behind the picture.
(H/T: Daily Mail)
Yeah…the minions will make you look good Mr. Putin. History will paint another story, someday. You’re not fooling anyone. Even Medvedev is showing that he’s wise to you.