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In this article, the author Margarita Nelken recalls her meeting in Madrid with the Mexican painter Alfredo Ramos Martínez who had at the time organized an exhibition of works produced by the Escuelas de Pintura al Aire Libre [Open-Air Painting Schools], where he was the director. She remembers the success of the exhibition that “[shows] the power of the artistic instinct in the young; and that serves as a reminder that this early instinct should be encouraged, without corrupting or wasting it, through strictly scholastic formulas.” 


This is one of the articles written by Margarita Nelken (1896-1968) for her Sunday column in El Nacional, which she produced from August 1943 until March 1947 when she became the editor of the Fernando Benítez newspaper. Under the general heading “Political, Social, and Financial Affairs — Science and the Arts,” the Spanish critic and journalist discussed European literature, music, and the visual arts. Her columns were almost always based on her own personal experiences, and she apparently considered publishing them under the title Presencias y evocaciones [Experiences and Memories]. In this article, she referred to the key role played by the Mexican Embassy in cultural circles during the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera (1923-29).

Diana Briuolo : CURARE A. C.
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Courtesy of Margarita Salas de Paúl, Mexico City, Mexico
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional