Alexander Vertinsky (1889-1957) was a Russian artist. He composed music, wrote poems and sang them in his unique manner. He performed not only with his own verses but also with that of famous Silver Age’s poets such as Alexander Block, Anna Akhmatova, Nikolay Gumilev and so on. He was popular with common public and Russian elites. In 1920 he emigrated from Russia. His tragic decadent image was a reminder of the gone epoch. Nevertheless, his creativity chanded through life from sad Pierro with exotic songs to a more democratic, especially after his after his return to Soviet Russia in 1943. Also he played in prerevolutionary and soviet films. For the role of anti-Communist polish Cardinal he even was awarded with Stalin prize.
And so she finally stood before him face to face, for the first time since their parting; she was saying something to him, but he looked at her silently; his heart overflowed and was wrung with pain. Oh, never afterwards could he forget this meeting with her, and he always remembered it with the same pain.