"Dovdt" is Russian for "stupid mystery painting"


Can you figure it out before the professor visits veryrussian.net to give this answer this afternoon?
* This was painted by a person with a rare and severe mental disorder. He was constantly seeing his own fantasies all around him. He also had a certain phobia (undisclosed).
* His (the poster’s) psychiatry professor showed this painting in a lecture, and said there was one tell-tale sign in it that showed the painter’s insanity.
* The professor didn’t say what that sign was, leaving the students to do the guesswork. The only clues he gave was, “don’t look for small details, look at the whole; if you figure out what the phobia was, you’ve got the answer; ask yourself what could have preceded this scene; think of what the place would look like with all the objects removed“.
* The professor said that during the 15 years of his teaching, only one student had figured it out.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Uh - fear of hills? I have no idea.

J.Bro said...

Still no answer, but the professor said:

1. Not agoraphobia, but close.
2. It has something to do with the perspective of the painter.
3. It has nothing to do with any detail in particular. (Look at the big picture)
4. The keywords are water and air.

Anonymous said...

Fear of falling from a very great height? Falling over a waterfall? Tall ships? (It kind of looks like there's a river in the very front of the scene.) Flying? Fear of flying, how about that? And crashing because they didn't de-ice your plane?

I Blog, You Blog said...

They're now speculating that this was a hoax. I actually checked Snopes to see if it had been proliferated before, but not so much...

Weird, weird stuff...

Anonymous said...

Did y'all see the original painting? Here. If it's a hoax, it's a totally intriguing one. I love the site traffic report.

Anonymous said...

Here's the compilation of posts about it: http://www.veryrussian.net/category/russian-blogs-and-web-culture/the-painting/
Ok, maybe it was a hoax, whatever. It was kinda fun!