Friday, June 08, 2007

Cartoon of the Month

(please click to enlarge)
This political cartoon was found by fellow blogger, Babbazee on a Russian website, the name of which unfortunately is not known.

I sent to a friend, Yura who translated it:
Jatzek Mal'chevski (supposedly author, name sounds Polish or Belorussian)
LOVE A-LA RUSSE, or LOVE AS ONLY RUSSIANS CAN LOVE)
or, Mary washing these lovely white feet with nice heavy water.

This was another explanation I received:
It's a multi-layered thing, with numerous alliterations and associations (LOVE, THE RUSSIAN STYLE or, Marusja washed their white feet with heavy water) referring to-
1. Russian folklore song
2. Nuclear technology
3. Painting by Polish symbolist painter
4. Rather blasphemous reference to detail of Jesus' biography

Here is another interpretation I was sent:
The sign is Russian love or Marusya was washing white feet in the heavy water? There is a Russian song about a country girl Marusya who washed her white (meaning beautiful) feet in the spring water. The author, Yacek Malchevskiy, paraphrased this song, using instead of spring - heavy water, which can be used to create Tritium, radioactive isotope of hydrogen.

11 Comments:

Blogger beakerkin said...

This is amazing and I think I have seen the original at the MET or in DC at the National.

June 08, 2007 3:14 PM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

It's quite erotic!

June 08, 2007 3:19 PM  
Blogger BabbaZee said...

I WISH I HAD SEEN THE ORIGINAL!

I CAN'T FIND THE SITE I CLIPPED IT FROM, I WAS DOING THIS AT LIKE 3 AM ONE NIGHT, LOOKING FOR PUTIN IMAGES
I DIDN'T BOOKMARK IT....

STILL HAVING CONNECTIVITY ISSUES I AM SURPRISED I MADE IT ON TO POST THIS

THANKS AGAIN FOR THE TRANSLATION

JEWHAD NOW MAY SISTAH!

DECLARE THE BONGTWA!

June 08, 2007 4:21 PM  
Blogger Dinah Lord said...

This one is just too rich! Thanks for posting Urban and good find babbazee. Had to laugh at your description of finding it - and sorry to hear about your connectivity issues. GOOD luck on that one.

June 10, 2007 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Gerard said...

Jacek Malczewski is the name of the person who painted the scene that parody is based upon.

He was a Polish symbolist:

http://www.2blowhards.com/archives/2006/12/selfpainted_pol_1.html

Don't know who the witty parodist is, but he's brilliant!

June 11, 2007 10:28 PM  
Blogger HappyLibertarian said...

Simply brilliant! Thanks for posting, UI. And thanks to babbazee for finding, and her great comment above. I'm printing this one out for my office. LOL

June 13, 2007 6:33 AM  
Blogger beakerkin said...

I do not know why I enjoy it when people satire great works of art.
There is just something inherently comedic in changing art.

I could not stop laughing when in Blue Man Group the woman was sucked out of Wyeth's Christina's world with a vacum. I love the original but at the same time paintings were devised as entertainment in their day. We sometimes forget the entertainment factor when viewing the same paintings in Museums.

June 13, 2007 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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June 14, 2007 1:20 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Ahmahdinejad thinks of himself as some kind of mahdi (Messiah for Muslims). Megalomaniacal Muslim!

June 14, 2007 6:56 AM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

It's an interesting cartoon, no matter how it's interpreted.

Burkean Reflections

June 17, 2007 12:33 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I believe the works of Playgirl might better suit the two subjects in the painting...

June 18, 2007 1:04 PM  

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