Dare to Read

August 24, 2012

Dalí, Lorca. The Kiss

Filed under: Federico García Lorca,Salvador Dalí — carmenferreiroesteban @ 10:58 am
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Dalí and Lorca’s friendship influenced each other’s art. No question about it.

For instance, look at this picture that Lorca painted in 1927. What do you see?

Two faces.

The one underneath is Lorca, the one with the sad eyes, Dalí. Their lips touch.

The name of the painting? The Kiss.

In Spanish

No hay duda de que la amistad entre Dalí y Lorca influenció el arte de los dos artistas.

Por ejemplo, en este cuadro que Lorca pintó en 1927, podemos ver dos caras. La cara de Dalí superpuesta a la de Lorca. Sus labios se tocan en el beso que da el nombre al cuadro.

August 23, 2012

La Residencia de Estudiantes: Lorca, Dalí y Buñuel

Filed under: Federico García Lorca,Luís Buñuel,Salvador Dalí — carmenferreiroesteban @ 5:45 am
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban




Hace algún tiempo vi la maravillosa película Little Ashes, una versión cinematográfica de la amistad que unió  en los años veinte a tres de los más carismáticos artistas españoles del siglo XX: Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dalí y Luís Buñuel cuando los tres vivían en la Residencia de estudiantes de Madrid.

Para leer mi reseña pinche aquí: http://goo.gl/y7n2p

Este vídeo es una recreación de la misma historía a través de la lectura de las cartas que los tres amigos intercambiaron durante este tiempo.

Una maravilla. Disfrútenlo.

August 22, 2012

Lorca, Dali, Buñuel in La Residencia de Estudiantes

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban



Some time ago I watched the wonderful movie Little Ashes, a fictionalized account of the friendship of three of the most charismatic and influential Spanish artists of the twentieth century: Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dalí and Luís Buñuel. The three artists met at the Students Residence in Madrid in the 1920s.

You can read my review at: http://goo.gl/y7n2p

This video offers a reenactment of this friendship through readings of extracts from letters the three young men exchanged at the time.

Please watch and enjoy.

August 19, 2011

Requiem for Federico

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

to Federico Garcia Lorca

In August 18, 1936, Federico Garcia Lorca was taken prisoner by Nationalist militia in Granada, during the chaos that followed the failed military coup that ignited the Spanish Civil War. He was never seen again, and his tomb was never found.

He had been born in Granada in 1898 and, by the time of his death he was an internationally renowned poet and playwright.

Interested in the Spanish folklore in his youth he published Libro de poemas (1921) and Romancero Gitano (“The Gypsy Ballads”) (1928). Some of these early poems (La Tarara, Verde que te quiero verde, Anda jaleo, Romance de la luna) have become deeply engraved in the Spanish subconscious and are still widely sang today.

Romance de la Luna.

Verde que te quiero verde.

De los cuatro muleros.

Lorca was also an accomplished pianist and (as reflected in his poems) a lover of the Cante Jondo or “deep song” performed by singer and guitarists in his native Andalucia. A passion he shared with the renowned Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

Falla’s ballet El Amor Brujo was brought to the screen by Carlos Saura in the 1980s with Antonio Gadés and Cristina Hoyos.

As was Lorca’s play, Bodas de Sangre.

Lorca’s other two plays in the Rural Spain trilogy, Yerma (about the impossible yearning of a barren woman for a child) and La Casa de Bernarda Alba (a tragedy that explores the repression suffered by women in traditionalist Spain) have also been filmed. La casa de Bernarda Alba by Mario Camus in 1982 and Yerma by Pilar Távora in 1998.

The three plays are still performed today both at University Drama representations and at mainstream theaters.

To escape a deep depression brought about by an unrequited love and his conflicted feelings about his homosexuality, Lorca traveled to New York where he lived in 1929-1930. NYC made a profound impression in him. During his visits to Harlem and later in his trip to Cuba, he discovered and fell in love with African-American spirituals which reminded him of Spain’s “deep songs.”. All these experiences, coagulated in his book Poet in New York.

Years later, the Canadian bard, Leonard Cohen discovered Lorca’s book in a Montreal bookstore. Lorca became Cohen’s idol so much so he named his daughter after him (Lorca).

Cohen’s translated and set to music one of Lorca’s poems Pequeño Vals Vienés. You may recognize this hauntingly beautiful song as Take This Waltz.

Apart from the films based on his plays, several movies have been made with Lorca himself as protagonist. (Go here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0305030/ for a complete list). Among them, La Desaparición De García Lorca (1996) with Andy García, terribly miscast as Lorca, and the deeply moving Little Ashes (2009),

In Little Ashes, Robert Pattison, of Harry Potter and Twilight fame, does a moving portrait of the Surrealistic painter Salvador Dali and the Spanish actor, Javier Beltrán, plays Lorca as a young man in the fictionalized account of the time they spent together, and with the well-known director Luis Buñuel, in the Residencia de Estudiantes de Madrid. You can read my review at http://www.notreadyforgrannypanties.com/2011/06/little-ashes.html

Later Dali and Buñuel moved to Paris where they collaborated in the surrealist film A chien Andalous,

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as shocking and provoking today, as it was in 1929 when it was conceived.

Lorca believed the title of the film (totally unrelated to its content) was meant as an insult to him. For as he says in Little Ashes, “I’m the only andaluz they know.”

His death at 38 put an early end to this talented poet, playwright, theater director (he travelled with a tent, La Barraca, through Spain in the 1930s, bringing the classical theater for free to towns and villages), and painter. You can see a gallery of Lorca’s pictures here: http://www.slide.com/r/3s4clS893z9ZetLN0MEKGwknzkdVTTEU?fbr=1

As my personal requiem for Lorca, I made him one of the immortals in my novel Garlic for Breakfast (https://carmenferreiroesteban.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/garlic-for-breakfast-8-by-carmen-ferreiro-esteban/).

This episodic review does no justice to the multiple artistic facets of this immensely talented poet, but I hope it has awaken your interest to learn more.

July 11, 2011

Another Portrait of Lorca by Dalí

Filed under: Federico García Lorca,Salvador Dalí — carmenferreiroesteban @ 8:57 pm
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Invisible Afghan with the Apparition on the Beach of the Face of Garcia Lorca in the Form of a Fruit Dish with Three Figs, 1938.

When Dalí painted this portrait of Lorca, Lorca had been dead for two years. That might explain the ghost quality of his face.

The afghan, the woman from Millet’s Angelus on the right, the cup holding the pears that are the mountain behind, all that and more I may have missed, I don’t even try to explain. That is pure Dalí.

June 29, 2011

Portrait of Federico García Lorca by Dalí

Filed under: Federico García Lorca,Salvador Dalí — carmenferreiroesteban @ 10:51 pm
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From Wikipaintings, The Encyclopedia of painting

To see the paintings of Dalí in chronological order go to http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/salvador-dali/portrait-of-garcia-lorca

June 23, 2011

Lorca, Buñuel and Dali in Madrid, 1926

Filed under: Federico García Lorca,Salvador Dalí — carmenferreiroesteban @ 10:30 pm
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From left to right: Salvador Dalí, Moreno Villa, Luis Buñuel, García Lorca, and Jose Antonio Rubio Sacristán, Madrid, 1926

Lorca was 28 years old at the time this picture was taken. Buñuel 26 and Dalí, 22.


I found this picture at http://edbattle.com/post/6674889897/salvador-dali-moreno-villa-luis-bunuel-garcia

April 15, 2011

The Picture of Your Dreams: A Dali/Disney Collaboration

Filed under: Film,Salvador Dalí — carmenferreiroesteban @ 11:31 am
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Dalí, the voyeuristic Spanish genius who gave us melting clocks and phantasmagorical landscapes filled with our worst nightmares, and Disney, the man who translated the fairy tales of old into sweet children stories, don’t seem to have much in common.

Yet, the two of them collaborated in a short film that was supposed to appear in the  Fantasia movie, but never did.

Watch it here.


A pure delight!