Grusha was captured in Siberia and brought to Moscow to perform in the circus. He became the star of the circus but was miserable. One night his trainer had too much vodka and forgot to lock Grusha’s cage. He got on his bicycle and rode 25 miles before he was caught. I wrote about a book about this, but my story has a happy ending in which he rides all the way back to Siberia.

Two of the paintings from this book (not this one) were stolen from a museum in Ohio.

Title: Grusha

Size: 30 x 32"

Date: c. 1980