eleonore weil - portraits, galería ovidio, 1986

In the 1980s Spain experienced a social "revolution" called "La Movida". This occasioned an enormous amount of cultural production.  Here is what Wikipedia has to say about "La Movida":
"La Movida Madrileña (English: The Madrid movement) was a sociocultural movement that took place in Madrid during the first ten years after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975 and represented the economic rise of Spain and the new emerging Spanish cultural identity."
Artists sprung up out of nowhere like mushrooms. Some, like Pedro Almodovar, became world famous, but quite a few died very young of "sex and drugs and rock and roll". As W. H. Auden wrote:
As the poets have mournfully sung,
Death takes the innocent young,
The rolling-in-money,
The screamingly-funny,
And those who are very well hung.
Most of the Movida (forty in all) came to my studio and sat for their portraits. I still remember dozens of fascinating conversations while they sat and I splashed paint. Unfortunately most of the paintings still in my possession were destroyed by a flood five years ago. These photographs of the show in "Ovidio" were taken by Luis Pérez Minguez.  E.W.


Eleonore, Galería Ovidio, 1986

From left to right: Carlos Alcolea (painter, d. 1992), Guillermo Pérez Villalta (painter), Me (in 1986). Top to bottom: Juan Ugalde (painter), Ouka Lele (photographer).

Left top: (L to R) Alaska (rock star), El Hortelano (painter). Bottom row left: Ceesepe (painter), Patrica Gadea (painter, d. 2006). Right wall: (L to R) Rafael Canogar (painter), Soledad Sevilla (painter)

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