October 3, 2011

Truth and art

Pravda (‘truth’)  was founded by a Ukrainian political party in 1905, but it kind of just sputtered along until Leon Trotsky took over in 1908, so they let him have it.  He published his first issue in Vienna – it was illegal in Russia and had to be smuggled in – on October 3, 1908.

Pravda had its ups and downs as a pawn in the struggle between Trotsky and Lenin, but eventually it was declared the official organ of the state and plodded along until it died in 1991.  If you need to know more, go to Wikipedia, but since there is not now, nor has there ever been, a newspaper entitled to call itself ‘Truth,’ I lost interest pretty quickly.

If you want truth, celebrate Pierre Bonnard’s  (1867-1947)  birthday today.  If you don’t like Bonnard, try Vuillard or Vlaminck. Utrillo also doesn’t lie.  Thanks to all the folks who post little slide shows on YouTube:



  1. Interesting 🙂


    Comment by Nina — October 3, 2011 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  2. Absolutely charming. Each and every one. So strange – I decide I like this one best and then I see another one and that becomes my best. Loved all the great interiors the most, I believe.


    Comment by Carol — October 4, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  3. Pravda! thank you .


    Comment by avery — October 8, 2011 @ 9:43 am | Reply

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