Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Vladimir Putin, Artist

Vladimir Putin's picture at auction (photo: Anatoly Maltsev, 2009)When he isn't flexing his pectoral muscles and cutting off gas supplies to large chunks of Europe, Vladimir Putin is a sensitive and caring artist. He donated this masterpiece to a charity auction to raise money for a hospital, a church and a cancer clinic in St Petersburg. (A church? Maybe he was a closet Christian during the Communist regime.) Anyway, his work fetched a staggering 37 million roubles ($1.15m), the highest price ever paid for a painting sold in Russia, according to the BBC. You don't suppose the KGB heavy mob was circulating among all those Russian billionaires! Naw. They were just trying to impress the doll in diamonds.


At 21/1/09, Blogger Ian Brown said...

Reminds me of Schnabel pre-plate paintings. I don't hate it and I have to ask is there anything Putin doesn't do ( besides sparing the lives of political dissenters)?

At 21/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Ian

I'm sure those ex-KGB types have all sorts of talents we don't wish to know about!

Putin is certainly big on the personality cult thing, just like Stalin, Moa, Poll Potty and a host of other Communist leaders. Scary.


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