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Too Sexy For Stalin: Russian Rowers Embrace Oar Girl Statue
MSNBC ^ | September 03, 2011

Posted on 09/03/2011 10:47:53 AM PDT by Steelfish

Too Sexy For Stalin: Russian Rowers Embrace Oar Girl Statue A copy of banished nude — (pic in URL) adopted by rowing association as new symbol — has been installed in Moscow's Gorky Park

"Girl With an Oar," a copy of the 1934 original sculpture by Ivan Shadr, rises on the bank of the Moskva River in Gorky Park in Moscow, is due to be unveiled Saturday.

9/3/2011 The artist may have been a favorite of Stalin, but Ivan Shadr's statue "Girl With an Oar" proved too sexy for the Soviet dictator.

The 23-foot nude statue, sculpted in 1934, was banished from pride of place in Moscow's Gorky Park to Ukraine in 1936 and replaced with a less sensual version, The Wall Street Journal reported.

However, a copy of the original was due to be unveiled Saturday on the bank of the Moskva River in the park at the finish line of an international regatta course, the paper said.

The replacement, still nude but apparently more tasteful, was destroyed in World War II; Shadr died of an illness in 1941 and the model for the statue, Vera Voloshina, was captured and killed by German forces, the WSJ reported.

But the statue is being given new life with Yulia Anikeyeva, a Soviet rowing champion and executive director of the Russian Amateur Rowing Association, telling the paper it had been adopted as the association's symbol.

"We want to show that we now live in a different country. The notion that she must be dressed — that's changed," she added.

Imitations of the statue — that did not fall foul of the state censors — were put up throughout various parks, often dressed tastefully in track suit swimwear and swimwear. Those tarnished the memory of the original, which became something of a joke,....

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1 posted on 09/03/2011 10:47:56 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

fucrissakes, you can’t post a pic?


2 posted on 09/03/2011 10:51:21 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: the invisib1e hand
Here ya go

Yeah, I'd say that's a bit sensual for a time when Soviet girls were generally pictured wearing coveralls and driving tractors or steam shovels.

3 posted on 09/03/2011 10:59:03 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Steelfish
That ain't your father's Volga Boat Man!

And you'd think with all that rowing, she'd be a little less Rubenesque.

4 posted on 09/03/2011 11:00:08 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: katana

Aaaah them Rusky’s! Hubba hubba!


5 posted on 09/03/2011 11:00:12 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: katana

Nice Bunda


6 posted on 09/03/2011 11:01:26 AM PDT by omega4179 (Obama Downgrade)
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To: katana

What a weak, ugly woman! She would never be able to push wheelbarrows full of cement all day on a jobsite. Definitely not a candidate for Miss Tractor Factory 1935.


7 posted on 09/03/2011 11:03:23 AM PDT by fso301
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To: katana

how do I get it to rotate 360?


8 posted on 09/03/2011 11:04:54 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Steelfish

I think kiddie porn is still legal in Russia too. It’s not exactly a polite society.


9 posted on 09/03/2011 11:07:31 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: katana

Me likey the trunk


10 posted on 09/03/2011 11:08:28 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: Steelfish

The sculpture’s a blatant rip-off of a classical goddess. I’ve seen it somewhere, but can’t recall right now. Probably Italian - Canova, maybe. Too dramatic and self-conscious for actual Greek or Roman, I think.


11 posted on 09/03/2011 11:10:05 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: katana

In Soviet Russia overalls wear YOU!


12 posted on 09/03/2011 11:12:26 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good a blaster kid.)
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To: katana; Lazamataz

I can’t believe you forgot to ping Laz for a hit opinion.


13 posted on 09/03/2011 11:23:02 AM PDT by ken in texas (Can't Afford a Tagline... send money.)
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To: katana

More Soviet Era BS!

That girl is waaay too well fed to be typical of the USSR’s average female.


14 posted on 09/03/2011 11:26:55 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I’d settle for 180.


15 posted on 09/03/2011 11:28:30 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: ken in texas
Why bother? We all know he'd hit it. He might wait for a warm sunny day so the stone wouldn't be too cold, but asking whether Laz would hit it is like asking whether your dog is going to jump that sirloin you dropped on the floor.
16 posted on 09/03/2011 11:29:47 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Steelfish

Them ain’t oars.Thar me sisters.


17 posted on 09/03/2011 11:31:00 AM PDT by TShaunK
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To: the invisib1e hand

You need to be in The Matrix...


18 posted on 09/03/2011 11:50:43 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: Steelfish

“The 23-foot nude statue, sculpted in 1934, was banished from pride of place in Moscow’s Gorky Park to Ukraine in 1936”

So, is the original still in place and intact?

Comparison photo would have been nice, and why the reduced scale?


19 posted on 09/03/2011 12:09:29 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: katana
Хорошая жопа.
20 posted on 09/03/2011 12:36:33 PM PDT by Cheburashka (If found, please return this Ring of Power to Sauron, Lord of Darkness. Return postage guaranteed.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
For your inspection:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44382482/ns/world_news-europe/#.TmKCrGGqgmY

Scroll down.

21 posted on 09/03/2011 12:43:58 PM PDT by Cheburashka (If found, please return this Ring of Power to Sauron, Lord of Darkness. Return postage guaranteed.)
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To: Steelfish
Imitations of the statue — that did not fall foul of the state censors — were put up throughout various parks, often dressed tastefully in track suit swimwear and swimwear.

This makes me think of that old Wendy's TV commercial with the "Soviet fashion show".

22 posted on 09/03/2011 1:21:17 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Steelfish

Forget Stalin, John Ashcroft would throw a hissy-fit over this.


23 posted on 09/03/2011 1:38:58 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Cheburashka
Хорошая жопа.

Yes, very nice bootsky.

24 posted on 09/03/2011 1:44:46 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: katana

Artistically the sculpture is crap. Like all fascist state approved artworks, it is bland beyond belief, totally lacking in a dynamic play of light and shadow and belies a cartoonish understanding of the human form and its musculature. You want naturalistic human form sculpture that will set your esthetic eyeballs on a safari of discovery, go with Michelangelo and Rodin.


25 posted on 09/03/2011 2:16:12 PM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: katana
Too soft, not enough muscles; it is obvious she doesn't put her back into it. Probably just rests on the oar, letting her seat mate do all the heavy pulling.

And, in the absence of welts on her back, the sexist coxswain let's her get away with it, instead of applying the lash.

26 posted on 09/03/2011 2:39:49 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Steelfish; SunkenCiv
Looks more like the rowing prize, than a rower.


27 posted on 09/03/2011 2:47:19 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Minerva.


28 posted on 09/03/2011 2:54:13 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Cheburashka

thank you, you’re a true FRiend.


29 posted on 09/03/2011 4:41:31 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: ApplegateRanch
Not sure that's right -- you will never (or hardly ever) see Minerva (Athene) without her clothes on. She's a chaste maiden goddess, like Diana (Artemis).

I was thinking vaguely of a Roman copy of the Cnidian Aphrodite, but I still think it's a copy of something later, Canova-ish.

30 posted on 09/03/2011 7:06:13 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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