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Presents from Madrid, 1937

Paraskeva Clark
Russian, Canadian, 1898 - 1986
watercolour over graphite on wove paper
51.5 x 62 cm
Purchased 1980
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23666)
© Clive and Benedict Clark

The appalling spectacle of the Spanish civil war is like a horrible nightmare from which there is no sudden release or wakening. The democratic nations watch mutely the bloody assassination of a sister state, the murder of innocent women and children, the slaughter of a youthful militia who took up arms only to protect those institutions which we are daily reminded are our heritage as British subjects ' freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom to elect our representatives to a democratic parliament, and freedom to pursue our scientific and cultural activities as intelligent individuals. If the gangster methods being employed to subjugate the Spanish people are successful, does it not follow that the successful technique will be employed elsewhere? Charles Comfort, "Where I Stand on Spain," New Frontier, December 1936

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