Soldiers and Priests, Toledo
병사와 승려 (톨레도 근교)
Oil on canvas
A scene captured in Toledo, Spain early in spring, which is somehow humorous.
이른 봄 스페인 톨레도에서 취재한 어딘가 유머러스한 광경
From February to May 1925, Toshi Shimizu traveled around Spain. Having moved from New York to Paris in the spring of the previous year, Spain came after having spent the winter in Paris. Amidst the dreary weather in the depth of winter in Paris, no doubt his longing for the glorious Spanish sun would have become stronger and stronger. In Spain, he stayed mostly in Madrid, where he copied works by Tintoretto at the Prado and covered features characteristic of Spain. In March, he spent three weeks in Toledo.
This painting portrays a military drill at a military academy on the outskirts of Toledo. Although the students are marching in step to the command, seen from a distance, there is a somewhat humorous air to the sight, too. There are priests on a high point in the foreground. Perhaps the theme the artist wanted to depict was the striking contrasts visible in the Spanish climate and culture such as stillness and motion, body and mind, or light and dark.