Spanish Village
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Spanish Village about 1934
  • Scottish Art
This scene is a combination of different parts of Spain as seen by Fleming on his travels in the country. It was originally identified as a view of Toledo, but it includes a bullring and a square from Segovia, a town north of Madrid. Fleming travelled in Spain from 1929-30 on a scholarship from Glasgow School of Art. At the time he was fascinated by the work of El Greco and visited Toledo, the home city of El Greco and subject of many of his paintings. Although this etching was made several years after Fleming’s travels, he often worked from memory and believed it was an important skill. He introduced memory drawing into the teaching at Glasgow School of Art while he was a lecturer there.

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Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Etching

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 2543
  • Medium Etching and drypoint on paper
  • Size 18.90 x 21.40 cm (paper 23.90 x 25.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1982