Wednesday, March 23, 2005
This startling painting
...of poet Anna Akhmatova has been on my mind ever since I opened the email containing it yesterday. A thoughtful poet sent the webpage to me. I'm not familiar with Akhmatova's work or the Acmeist movement of which she was part. However, going by the brief biographies I've read, I think the painter captured the power of this influential poet not only in the posture and expression, but in the space around her. While she is wearing the most intense blues, bright yellows surround Akhmatova as if she is shedding light on the otherwise blue environment. The portrait is really a biography in itself.