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Sta. Maria de Capellades, Capellades, 1953  




Looking back 52 years of my photo negatives I've found these images of a
very large fresco mural that I made during the two months of that summer, l953.

I cannot remember much of that event. I stayed lodged in the parish
rectory, with a good and interesting group of priests. Every morning I had to
carry all the way up scaffolds to the apse of the church many kilograms of
sand and lime, plus buckets of water, to prepare the section of the wall that I
was going to paint during the day. That was followed by the task of
plastering the wall with two coats of mortars. Thinking about it now I wonder
how I managed to keep energies for the work ahead; transferring the
drawings to the wall and completing the paintings in four to five hours. The
paintings look very stiff; rigid. . The figures follow the curvature of the wall,
which makes them too long, or thin, or short, no matter from what angle you
look at them. Maybe I wanted to emphasize the curvature of the wall. . .