Still life or road-kill?

There’s an oddly proportioned hare in one of this autumn’s auctions in Barcelona.

These folk’s auctions provide a marvellous glimpse of the generally execrable taste of Barcelona’s petite et moins petite bourgeoisie–flower sellers on the Ramblas, Costa Brava fishing boats, Vic market, vines, adolescent breasts…–and the work is sometimes deliciously bad. For example, did Ramon de Capmany–whose Hare is lot no 484 on the 29th–owe his artistic career more to family wealth and influence than to personal ability and industry? Did this Easter Hare fall from his Cross in more or less conventional fashion, or did He meet his Calvary neath some Jaganatha’s wheels? Not for nothing that Rafa (turn off the music) is selling up and heading for Berlin.

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Last updated 20/10/2009

This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

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Barcelona (1399):

Calvary (1): Calvary, or Golgotha golgolta, as it were Hebrew gulgōleṯ "skull"), was, according to the Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem's walls where Jesus was crucified.Matthew's and Mark's gospels translate the term to mean "place of [the] skull", in Latin rendered Calvariæ Locus, from which the English word Calvary derives. Its traditional site, identified by Helena of Constantinople, the mother of Constantine I, in 325, is at the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Catalonia (1155):

Costa Brava (1): The Costa Brava is a coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, consisting of the comarques of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva in the province of Girona.

Cross (1): A cross is a geometrical figure consisting of two intersecting lines or bars, usually perpendicular to each other.

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