Я люблю тебя, жизнь! I love you, life!
This is one of my favourite posters from the Soviet era. Many Americans are not aware that much of Soviet music and art of the period lacked the repellent nihilism of Western art and music (especially the commercial varieties). Were there isolated Russian artists and musicians who wished to ape their Western peers? Of course, there were! However, the people loved the positive pop music and accessible art that was available. Indeed, today, many Russians view this art and music of the Soviet Union as a precious legacy (in fact, the more religious one is, the MORE that one appreciates this fact). There is nothing wrong with the terse and concise phraseology of agitprop… it’s how our Lord Christ talked, too.
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…
To which I reply:
Я люблю тебя, жизнь!
A Girl with Strawberries in Vologda Guberniya (Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, 1909)
This is more “period” than the last one. Still… this picture raises questions… did she live past the chaos of the Civil War… did she last through the purges and the Second Great Patriotic War… or, did she go abroad to China, France, or America? Remember… nobody knew that the tsarist edifice was going to fall. It was going to be there for all time, because it had always been there, wasn’t it? God laughed bitterly at our foolishness… and He still does, by the way.
That’s what this poster is all about… “Miss Tiger, Moscow Star!” It’s obviously a piece of holiday fun. Now, that’s something to take the kids and grandkids to! FUN during the holidays… who woulda thunk it?