Yuri Annenkov himself is famous for the many portraits he made of Russian socialites and intelligentsia in the period 1910-1920, in a unique style seemingly influenced by suprematism, cubism and neo-realism. He defected in the early 1920s and went to Paris, where he worked as a lauded costume and set designer for film and theatre until his death in 1974.
From one building to another
A string is drawn,
On the string, a poster:
"All power to the Constituent Assembly".
The old woman is grieving, crying,
No way to understand,
What sort of poster this is, what it means.
- Vanka's with Katka, at the inn...
- She keeps her dough in her stocking!
You wore grey gaiters,
Chewed chocolate "Mignon",
Went out with a junker,
And now, with a soldier?
And where is Katka? - Dead, dead!
Shot through the head!
Are you happy now, Katka? Don't say it...
Lay there, you cadaver, on the snow...
The face of a poor killer
Doesn't look like a face at all.
On the crossing stands the bourgeois,
His collar hiding his nose,
Next to him scringes a shaggy-furred,
Mangy mutt, with its tail between its legs.
In a white crown made of roses
Jesus Christ goes forth.