I would gaze anxiously, as if into a mirror,
at the grey canvas, and with every week
my likeness to my new depiction grew
more strange and bitter…
by Анна Ахматова (Anna Akhmatova)
translation by Boris Dralyuk and Margo Shohl Rosen
This extract is about a well known potrait of Akhmatova by Nathan Altman (1914) presented above for ease of reference. Nathan Isaevich Altman was a Jewish-Russian, Soviet, avant-garde artist, Cubist painter, stage designer and book illustrator.