Real history

Robert Motherwell, in his Elegy series, alluded to a history that had some meaning to his viewers, even if few had had direct contact with it. They might remember their own experiences of WWII, and reflect that the subversion of the Spanish republic was one stage on the way toward that, but one could also argue that Motherwell has a leftist nostalgia for history at a safe distance from American cold-war realities. What is real in history?


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