036L13114_6WLZX_reshoot.jpg (1431×2000)ВАЛЕНТИН СЕРОВ Женский портрет (возможно, Марии Васильевны Якунчиковой). 1892 Холст, масло. 65 × 46
Dagmar, wife of Alexander III, knew French better than Russian. Once in Kronstadt she and Emperor visited two ships, RURIK (РЮРИК) and IZHORA (ИЖОРА). Dagmar mixed French 'P' and Russian 'R'(written as P) and read loudly: "PUPIK"! (That means a little navel in Russian). "Honey, please do not read the name of the next ship!",said Alexander. If Dagmar again would mix the letters and read IZHOPA, that would mean..asshole in Russian!
Valentin Serov (Russian 1865–1911) [Impressionism, Realism, Peredvizhniki, Portraits] Portrait of the Writer Maxim Gorky, 1905. The Memorial Museum of Maxim Gorky, Moscow, Russia.