Francisco Goya – The First Modern Artist? – 2/3 2

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Goya modo volarby Bart Sedgebear

.First Prints: Los Caprichos

Goya began making prints in 1792 after his illness and the onset of total deafness, and it is in this medium that his art–and Spanish visual culture– reached its highest expression. His  first series of etchings, Los Caprichos (“The Follies”), dates from early 1789.  It consists of 80 plates in which the artist, working with complete freedom, expresses, in his own words, “the censure of human errors and vices.”  The series was offered for sale in the Gaceta de Madrid newspaper but, after the Santa Inquisición “inquired” into this scandalous new form of expression, Los Caprichos were quickly and quietly withdrawn from the marketplace. More…

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It’s About Loving Spanish Spain 2/2 7

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This is the second and final part of Bart Sedgebear’s “¡Alegria! Foundation” interview with  editor, Mike Booth

What did you do for a living when you arrived in Spain?

I wrote and photographed travel stories for newspapers and magazines. On winter mornings I breakfasted  a couple of “sol y sombras” (brandy with anise) with my neighbors in the “Diablo’s Bar” just off the village square. For years I thought that was the normal breakfast in Spain. More…

It’s About Loving Spanish Spain 1/2 2

The ¡Alegria! Foundation Story, an Interview with Editor, Mike Booth

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.Mike Booth is an expatriate photojournalist and editor. He was granted Spanish citizenship in 1983.

An Interview by Bart Sedgebear

Q: What does Spain mean to you, Mike?
A: “For me Spain is like the girl you fell in love with 40 years ago and, after all you’ve been through together, you love her more than ever.” More…