heroic image was painted in 1938 by Spanish artist
Xavier Bueno. The artist titled his painting The
Spanish Soldier and dedicated it to the memory of
his friend, Nazario Cuartero, who died defending
Madrid from fascist armies.
tragic portrait shows the anti-fascist defender
suffering from a serious gun shot head wound. He
gazes in puzzlement at the blood spurting from his
head, staining his clothes and hand. The sadness
and profundity of this remarkable painting almost
takes on religious proportions, with the emotional
intensity of the work heightened by the artist's
use of a monochromatic palette.
moving portrait sums up the despair felt by the
people of Spain and of the world, as the Spanish
republic was slowly being strangled by the combined
armies of Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco.