When I was looking for inspiration for a blog header, I Googled around for communist or socialist era art because I really like that style. I came upon this image and, I don't know exactly why, but I was immediately fascinated by it:
I have been mildly obsessed with it ever since. And once Sherri worked her magic and created my blog header, I figured I was even more invested in it. I started wondering: Who is that woman? What is she saying? What was this advertisement or propaganda promoting exactly? What if I've based my beloved new header on some commie-pinko yelling "Long Live Stalin!" or "ABA Coverage for All!" Was that a call from the State Department that I just screened?
After some research, I found out that the portrait was done in 1924 by Alexander Rodchenko, and that the subject is a woman named Lilya Brik. Lilya was renown for her great beauty and, although married to Mr. Brik, was also famously the lover and muse of a Russian poet who may or may not have commit suicide over her. It's enough to make me wish that I shared more with ol' Lilya besides just bogarting her portrait.
Lilya's husband and her poet-lover co-founded a journal called Leftist Front of Arts and this artwork was on one of its covers. Wikipedia teasingly stops short of translating what the text says. I don't know anyone who reads Russian, and after briefly considering jumping in the car and heading to the Yakov Smirnoff Theater in Branson, Missouri, I opted instead to post the question to WikiAnswers.
Within 24 hours, I had a response from my new friend Andrey who provided the following translation:
"Books. You can learn from them a lot!"
I'm a little in love with Andrey for that translation. Can't you just picture him saying it like that Russian guy in the DirecTV commercial. On second thought, I think I'd better shake Andrey before he starts telling me about his "pay-kitch".
And how's that for a lefty radical message? I didn't think that I could feel any better about my header (hee hee...I made a funny), but now I'm extree extree loving it. "Autism Army Mom. I am like the books that you can read and make benefit from very much." Is nice. I like.