Friday, June 11, 2010

Sketch: Leo Tolstoy


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I've recently started working as a tourguide/interpreter at Doukhobor museum. The Doukhobors, originally a sect of Christianity, have evolved into a thriving community in our area. They were oppressed by the Russian government for a long time, but in the 1890s, they made an agreement with the government that they would be allowed to emigrate to Canada if they raised the money for their trip, and Leo Tolstoy was a major benefactor in raising money for their move. In fact, his last novel, Resurrection, was written specifically to raise money for the Doukhobors. I didn't mean for this picture to make Tolstoy look evil, but in a lot of the pictures, he certainly has a bit of a crazy look in his eyes.

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