Milani 40″ x 30″ Acrylic on canvas
In 1975, my husband and I took our four children (all under the age of 10) with our dog and Volkswagon bus on a four-month vacation tour of Europe. We started in Frankfurt, Germany (where we picked up our Volkswagon that we had shipped there from the United States), then visited London and Paris. The remainder of the trip was a drive down the coast through Italy and Spain. We loved Spain. We loved the scenery, the castles in ruins, the people, the music, the food, everything about the culture of Spain
We went to the bullfights in Madrid, Spain. My husband, a writer, interviewed one of the bullfighters. He invited us to his home, and introduced us to his friend, Robert Vavra, a well-known photographer in Spain. I fell in love with his work. He showed me a book he wrote, a story of a young orphan boy in Spain, Milani, whom he had taken under his care. His book was about Milani’s story, and one of the pictures captivated me. This painting is that boy in Spain.
Milani, an innocent, yet frail boy, only recently had a family and home in Spain. Vavra found him on the streets with gypsies, just trying to find his way. With no parents, the child was a lost soul in Spain, a country foreign to him. Somehow he instinctively knew, that if you care for something, it will live. Just as a bullfighter’s friend in Spain had cared for him, he would care to a lost and frightened fawn.