Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has picked up the paint brush for the sake of charity, offering a visual interpretation of Gogol's Night Before Christmas in pastels. The work will be auctioned to benefit the Tsarskoe Selo cultural fund.
But some folks doubt that such a manly hand could have produced such delicate work:
"A leader who demands that the world play by our rules could hardly have painted such a picture," said one painter, who asked to remain anonymous for his own security. "It looks as if it was painted by a sentimental woman. It is too sweet; you can feel it in the brushwork and the palette. The core theme is feminine too."I smell an interdisciplinary CFP in the offing.
The charge was denied by exhibition organizers.