Un mundo (A World)

  • Date: 
    1929 (Valladolid)
  • Technique: 
    Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 
    290 x 310 cm
  • Category: 
    Painting
  • Entry date: 
    1997
  • Register number: 
    AD00038
  • On display in:

If there was one work that caused a stir in Madrid’s Salón de Otoño (Autumn Salon) in 1929, it was unquestionably Un mundo (A World) by a young and unknown painter called Ángeles Santos. The monumental painting, standing at 3 x 3 metres and executed in Valladolid by an artist who lacked first-hand knowledge of what was being produced in Europe during that period, mesmerised the intelligentsia at the time. Ramón Gómez de la Serna would write: “At the Salón de Otoño, submerged in the Retiro, a wreckage of leaves and mud, a revelation has emerged: the revelation of a seventeen-year-old girl. Ángeles Santos, who appears as the painting’s Saint Teresa, listening to doves and stars which dictate the feel her paintbrushes must have”. Santos made a surprising, original and modern work built around references taken from her immediate surroundings and from avant-garde magazines and publications. The most important of these was Franz Roh’s book Magic Realism: Post-Expressionism, which, translated into Spanish in 1927, gave her insight, through photos at least, into the work of artists such as Joan Miró and members of the so-called New Objectivity from Germany, with which Un mundo has much in common.

Raúl Martínez Arranz


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