昨天讀故友的譯書：柯慈《少年時》/ ( Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II) (2002) By J. M. Coetzee)著 ; 鄭明萱譯，台北市：時報文化，, 2004[民93]
其實，主角二十多歲才造訪的倫敦，才是新故鄉：他在BBC的Radio 3廣播，與俄國、澳國和世界各地的詩人神交；他在Tate 美術館受到Robert Motherwell的畫作 Homage to the Spanish Republic 24 衝擊 (查資料，畫題都是西班牙內戰的輓歌Elegy，而小說中說是”向其致敬”；他在某劇院看印度的電影如史詩….最重要的，他生平第一次受邀到鄰居家中受招待，竟然無力回請……
Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110,
Robert Motherwell 1971
|Born||January 24, 1915|
|Died||July 16, 1991 (aged 76)|
|Education||Stanford University, Harvard,Columbia University|
|Known for||Painting, Printmaking|
"If so much of the rhetoric surrounding the triumph of American art was about conquest, Motherwell’s was about collaboration. Those integrative tendencies undermined his reputation at the time and for many subsequent decades, but recently Motherwell’s Motherwell-ness seems not merely inclusive but prescient."
Homage to the Spanish Republic 24 by Robert …
In 1948, he began to work with his celebrated Elegy to the Spanish Republic theme, which he continued to develop throughout his life. Motherwell intended his Elegies to the Spanish Republic (over 100 paintings, completed between 1948 and 1967) as a "lamentation or funeral song" after theSpanish Civil War. His recurring motif here is a rough black oval, repeated in varying sizes and degrees of compression and distortion. Instead of appearing as holes leading into a deeper space, these light-absorbent blots stand out against a ground of relatively even, predominantly white upright rectangles. They have various associations, but Motherwell himself related them to the display of the dead bull's testicles in the Spanish bullfighting ring.