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:o Prime Minister Putin painting sells for  $1.1M
Governor Matviyenko's painting brings $360,000

Vladimir Putin is a man of many talents. Russia's prime minister has a black belt in judo, goes fly-fishing shirtless and has sedated a wild Siberian tiger. Now he can add artist to his growing list of accomplishments, after a picture he painted sold for 37 million rubles ($1.1 million) at an auction January 17, 2009 in St. Petersburg

The piece was part of an auction of 30 paintings by well-known Russians held to raise money for a children's charity. The theme for the series was "Christmas Eve," a short story by renowned Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Polina Vavilina of the Tsarskoselskaya Fair Foundation said Wednesday that Putin took the brush during a visit to the St. Petersburg charity in December.

Putin's painting, "Pattern," depicts a frosty window framed by simple white curtains, typical of a Russian dacha, or country house. The words in the painting read on top  "Putin" and "Pattern" on bottom. Putin took less than half an hour to complete the painting of a frosted window inside a Russian log hut with embroidered curtains. A professional artist added beads and small pieces of lace to the canvas.

It fetched the highest price at the auction, with St. Petersburg Gov. Valentina Matviyenko's painting of a blizzard coming in a distant second at 11.5 million rubles ($360,000).
A work by Vadim Tulpanov, head of St. Petersburg's legislature, was bought for 1.6 million rubles ($50,000), and soprano Anna Netrebko's painting fetched 1.1 million rubles ($34,375).

Putin's piece was picked up by Natalya Kurnikova, an art collector and owner of the elegant Kurnikova Gallery.
"The fact whether the painting was amateur or not was not important. What interested me was that it was painted by an important political figure of our time," she said. "This painting is unique not only because of this fact, but because it is the first painting by an important figure and probably the last. ... I wouldn't criticize it from an artistic point of view. It is good enough to look well among other paintings, but the deciding factor here was who painted it, and that it was for a charity."
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Re: Putin painting brings 1.1 million dollars for children's charity
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009, 11:10:03 PM »
Wow, I heard that Mr. Putin is a character but never thought he would ever pain an painting for charity!!! Amazing!
I will be waiting for more news of their future entertainments!