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  • ICAA Record ID
    1067358
    AUTHOR
    Martínez, Itamar
    TITLE
    Juanita Mota : La mujer de Reverón / Itamar Martínez
    IMPRINT
    Caracas, Venezuela : Fundación Museo Armando Reverón, 1993
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 93-99
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/Pamphlet – Interviews
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In “Juanita Mota, la mujer de Reverón,” the Venezuelan artist Itamar Martínez quotes what Juanita Mota, Armando Reverón’s wife (married at the time of his death) has to say about her fraternal and faithful relationship with the painter. In the document, Juanita recalls different stories, such as the day she met the artist; the day she moved into her “mother-in-law’s” house; going out with Reverón at dawn to paint the break of day; the last time she posed for him; the injuries Reverón suffered while he was unbalanced; the purchase of the land where “El Castillete” was built; shared poverty; and how the painter sewed her dresses.  

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“Juanita Mota, la mujer de Reverón” is required reading for anyone interested in the life and work of the Venezuelan artist Armando Reverón (1880–1954) and his wife Juanita. In this document, the Venezuelan artist Itamar Martínez presents Juanita’s words as a monologue rather than as an interview. Martínez transcribes Juanita Mota’s recollections in her own colloquial way of speaking, thus allowing her to express herself in the language of the people; she describes, and reminisces about her fraternal relationship with the painter, in her various roles as model, wife, or sister. The transcript sheds some light on the unrefined language and rural customs of some coastal populations of modest means. It is undoubtedly a way to allow the subaltern to speak.

 

Martínez interviewed Juanita at El Castillete (at Macuto, on the Central Coast) in 1972, 18 years after Reverón’s death.

Researcher
Sagrario Berti
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Itamar Martinez, 1993
Location
Archivo de Redacción, Diario El Nacional, Urb. Los Cortijos de Lourdes, Caracas