El sol del membrillo/Th e Quince Tree Sun (Víctor Erice, 1992)
Moving pictures – painting, drawing and fi lmmaking
in Spanish cinema 1973–2010
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This chapter examines the dialogue between painting, drawing and cinema in the context of Víctor Erice's El sol del membrillo/The Quince Tree Sun. The films follows the Spanish painter Antonio López as he paints and then draws the quince tree growing in the garden of his Madrid studio during the autumn of 1990. According to López, the film is not a documentary. It was more like a feature film, he suggested, a film that follows an artist as he paints and draws a quince tree and ends with the retelling of a dream. López's invasion of the tree's space and Erice's invasion of López's space reveal a central tension and paradox at the heart of all forms of art that set out to observe and capture reality. The chapter considers the painting and the drawing, and identifies their specific aims and also their relationship with the art of cinema.

Spanish cinema 1973–2010

Auteurism, politics, landscape and memory

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