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With March in Moscow hosting Women’s Day and elections, a few themes and curiosities come to mind. Moscow is a great city for art. Fine works by women and depicting women enjoy prominence in all the great galleries and beyond. We offer you a collection of different artworks to savour and stimulate the imagination and reflection. They are pre-revolutionary, Soviet, and recent. To preserve the illusion of a puzzle, I have mixed up the captions, but I am sure you can sort them out easily. Enjoy!

Metro Ploschad Revolutsi:
farm girl & chickens, 1937
Zinaida Serebriakova,
self portrait, 1909
Socialist Realism:
The Archtect, 1930s
Vera Mukhina, the worker
and the farm girl. !937
Crown Princess Tatiana
Romanova c1916
Boris Grigoriev
The Concierge, 1918
MMOMA variation on the Oktyabaskaya statue: housewife far too busy for revolution? The Shot Putter,
Samokalov, 1933

As you live in Moscow, you won’t need telling that what we think we see is often not what is really happening. Some easy optical illusions to amuse you. The flower girl is not there; there are no people shown; which of Escher’s hands is creating the other; there is no triangle; it is not a wedding ring, it might be a Moebius strip; and the triangle cannot exist. Confused? Vote for the optical illusion you like the best. full solutions at 

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