Self Portrait in Samovar
In Russia, a samovar represents warmth, home, family, and contentment. When the word is used in a derogatory slang towards you, it means you’re stupid or an imbecile. The Soviet government wanted to replace everyone's head with a Samovar. This way the people can be idle brainwashed followers. The artist has a Samovar instead of a head on this painting. What is seen is only what the eye of the KGB allows. He has also portrayed himself sitting on a cloud to show the potential of comfort, while wrapped in a Soviet red flag, like a snake that chokes him. This snake has a hammer and sickle instead of an eye. The flag is tied to a flagpole made from Vodka bottles, because it was easier for the government to keep everyone drunk and numb. At the top of this flagpole is a star symbolizing the promise of Soviet serenity.
DetailsKlever Estate: # 5508
Size: 3 ft by 5 ft (91 cm by 1.5 m)
Mixed Medium on Canvas
Title:Self Portrait in Samovar