Angeles Santos and her peculiar Cubism… away from Picasso. The artist painted My World with 18 y.o. and it was a great success that she never understood.
From the first time I saw ‘Mi Mundo’ (My World) I fell in love with the painting. How wonderful!
It was years ago, in a temporal exhibition organized in Valladolid (Spain). A town where Angeles Santos lived, a town where I studied at the University, a very ancient town.
Angeles Santos was still alive and she was present in the exhibition. She was excited, she was honor to be in the town of her youth, and she shared her feelings and her memories.
Angeles Santos was born in 1911 in Catalonia but she came at Valladolid with her family soon. She liked painting and she received classes by the most important artists of the town. Great technique but… well, great Baroque technique. How far Valladolid was from the contemporary Avant-garde movements!
One day, she read a newspaper… a man called Picasso was painting Cubist works in Paris. Then, she painted her Cubist version of the world (My World) imagining the Earth as a great cube flying among angels and starts and where everything (houses, rooms, lives…) were opened to the view and to the eternity. Blues are fantastic and the spiritual sensation of the work indescribable, I can assure you.
At that time, Angeles Santos was 18 years old. The picture finished in Madrid where Federico Garcia Lorca, Jorge Guillen, Gomez de la Serna…. The current intellectuality applauded her, speaking of her different Surrealism and other things she was unable of understanding.
The following exhibitions were also a great success and the shy girl started to feel uncomfortable. How far she was from Paris!
Confused and tired, she retired and painted alone. Afterwards, she married, had children, put up with the terrible Spanish Civil War and its consequences… Years passed!
Angeles Santos will be rediscovered in the 80’s and again, she was a little confused with her success. Fortunately, she was old and could manage the pressure.
‘Mi Mundo’ is a great painting and is currently exhibited at the Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid, not far from The Guernica by Picasso.
Yes, we live in a strange world… but also fantastic!
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