Alexander Blok, the supreme poet of the Russian Symbolist movement, broke from the tradition of Russian realism with its emphasis on social responsibility and wrote deeply lyrical, subjective and visionary verse. Blok claimed that “The poet is the bearer of rhythm. In the infinite depths of the human spirit, which are beyond the reach of morality, law, society and the state, move sound-waves akin to the waves embracing the universe . . .” Hallucinatory, hypnotic, spellbinding, and seductive - the poets who came after him could not resist its current. Among those deeply impacted by Blok were Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva: all wrote adoring poems in his honor.
For Alexander Blok
by Anna Akhmatova
I came to the poet as a guest. Exactly at noon. On Sunday. Beyond the window, frost, Quiet in the room's space.
And a raspberry tinted sun Above tangles of blue smoke… How clearly the taciturn Master turns, on me, his look!
His eyes are of that kind Remembered by one and all: Better take care, mind: Don't gaze at them at all.
But I remember our words, Smoky noon, of a Sunday, In that high grey house By the Neva's sea-way.
About the artist
Michaela Gall studied at Chelsea School of Art and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. She works on paper and in ceramic. Her work is produced under the umbrella of Majolica, a form of ceramics originated in Renaissance Italy which uses tin-glazes painted over an opaque white background glaze, with an earthenware body. Michaela creates pieces that are painted within the tradition of Folk Art, documenting various subjects such as historical events, patterns, symbols and people from different cultures. Her celebrated Painted Portrait series explores various cultural figures throughout history from Queen Elizabeth I to Jimi Hendrix.