Vladimir Yakovlev, The Double Portrait
The disadvantages of having no artistic training whatsoever, a serious mental
illness, being visually impaired and living in ghastly circumstances seem
to have contributed towards Vladimir Yakovlev's inimitable artistic style
which was and still is widely admired. Yakovlev did not seem to notice the
world around him, drawing inspiration for his perfect brushstrokes and dashes
of colour from the very depths of his imagination, from his inner being.
It seemed as if he were born with of a solid foundation of artistic sensibility
and culture. Thus comments of of his friends, "I think that he never read
a book or even asked anyone to read to him; we never talked about literature
and I never saw him with a book in his hands. But he knew a lot, he as in
no way a Philistine. In his mind, in his soul, a sediment of culture had
somehow been assimilated into him. His conversation was remarkable for its
structure and sonority and his way of speaking, proper to the Russian intelligentsia".
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