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No poetic stance…life is hard for many, and a dooming nightmare for some. This work is done to illustrate the life and doom of two women, two real women, that were pioneers and and somehow “heroines”( Hildegart Rodriguez and her mother Aurora who became her executioner murderer) of that gigantic effort that the Spanish people (at least half of the population) did in the last century to overcome a despised monarchy and a get into the democratic world of the Republican Nations of Europe and the world. And the feminism in those years was a pushing power that was taking all women out of servilism and a secular machism and injustice.
I am inviting you to read this story, that left consternated many of the so well thinking courageous women of my country, for it is the Dark Side of the Soul…not of the Night…and that for my reason is the evidence of some noble and real good ideology and beligerance, poisoned by the almost sick heart of a real woman that succumbed to weakness and twisted feelings toward her…“piece of Art”.
Hope that you will find my composition,a symbolic depiction of such a hard story.
Any question about the origin of the pieces..again my tortured mannequins…will be answered with kindness. They impressed me so…all wrapped in alone and distorted that I felt as a woman…injured in my noble flesh. And the kid…though a plastic essence , I can swear…is still hardly holding an efimerous tear…of rage and hummiliation.

(This dawn of “Freedom” was savagely broken, as you all know by a brutal General Franco’s “coup de main” and consequent civil war, followed by 40 years of dictatorship..and even now, there are “two Spain” reivindicating justice for the murdered and buried along the countryside dusty roads. And still…there are many that would love them to rest there without tears being drop over their tired bones)

Hildegart Rodríguez Carballeira
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Hildegart Rodríguez Carballeira (born December 9, 1914 in Madrid, died June 9, 1933 in Madrid) was an activist for socialism and sexual revolution, born and raised by her mother as a model for the woman of the future. She spoke 6 languages when eight years old, finished Law School at 17 and was a leader of the Socialist Party and afterwards of the Federal Party. By the time she became internationally known, her mother shot her to death.


Hildegart was conceived in Ferrol by Aurora Rodríguez Carballeira and an undisclosed biological father chosen by her mother with eugenesical intentions. When she was sure she was pregnant, she moved to Madrid, where Hildegart was born. Aurora set a clock to wake her up every hour so that she changed position and blood irrigated the foetus uniformly.

Her birth certificate and baptism act says: Hildegart Leocadia Georgina Hermenegilda Maria del Pilar Rodriguez Carballeira, but she only used her first name. In spite of Aurora’s atheism and opposition to birth registration, she baptised (late) the girl on 23 March and registered on 29 April. Her mother used to explain that Hildegart meant “Garden of Wisdom” in German, but there’s no basis to that, the name was either an invention or the misspelled German name Hildegard (Heroic virgin, who gives shelter in war).

According to later research by Rosa Cal, her father was a brilliant military chaplain, Alberto Payás.[citation needed]

In June 1928, at age 13½, Hildegart enrolled in the School of Law of the Complutense University of Madrid. She later gave lessons at its School of Philosophy during the Second Spanish Republic.
[edit] The Sex Revolution

Hildegart was one of the most active people in the Spanish movement for sex reformation. She was connected to the European vanguard, corresponding with Havelock Ellis, whom she translated, and Margaret Sanger. In the foundation of the Spanish League for the Sexual Reform, presided by Dr Gregorio Marañón, she was chosen secretary without opposition. She had correspondence with many other European personalities, accompanying Herbert George Wells in his visit to Madrid, but rejecting his offer to go to London as his secretary. This offer by Wells, who wanted her to develop fully out of the influence of her mother, furthered the persecution ideas of Aurora.
[edit] Death

There were several hypotheses about the cause of the murder. Hildegart may have fallen in love. She intended to separate from her mother who, out of paranoia, threatened suicide. Aurora’s explanation was that “the sculptor, after discovering a minimal imperfection in his work, destroys it”. She shot three shots in the head and one in the heart.

Rightists considered Aurora a murderer, while leftists considered her a mad woman. She was sentenced to 26 years, but was later transferred to a mental institution in Ciempozuelos, Madrid, where she died.



    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great work

  • theyellowfury
    theyellowfuryover 4 years ago

    Brava Rosa, really powerful work, once I had read up properly it all clicked in together and made perfect sense. It reads like science fiction and its beggars belief that it all actually happened. And that this poor woman, never given the chance to be her own woman was used in this manner. Your portrayal speaks to me mainly of one thing: Use. That and pain, loss of innocence maybe, persecution and (misguided) passion. Amazing story, great work.

  • Efficens Pondera for you, Simon.
    For lately I perceive that reality is superior to fiction…so I must guess that all that is…is there for our remembering.
    The past like the future…and in the middle of all…evolution.
    Thanks a lot for passing by…and leaving such great comment.
    A hug for you.

    – RosaCobos

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 4 years ago

    Powerful expressive emotive work dear Rosa. I will come back after work to read the story. The image alone tells a powerful story and beacons one to read and look deeper. Your work is always emotion and thought provoking dear friend.

  • I thank you for your so kind words and company. It encourages me a lot to see how you take my works and how your answer fullfil my expectations. A warm hug for your, dear Anthea.

    – RosaCobos

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 4 years ago

    Powerful tribute both in Art and text to all the women that have suffered through the centuries and also to the ones that are still living with this horror each and every day…Thank you Rosa for sharing this…

  • Thank you Renate for your great presence here, your understanding and company. I appreciate it so much.

    – RosaCobos

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    well done rosa your image alone stands powerful but with the story of this misuse of a brilliant child /womand by her mother and then wanting to become her own person to be killed by her , have told it well with the art ,dear Rosa this is unique and ceative expression !!LIZ

  • It is devastating and suffocating itself…
    for in a Shakespearean work the personages are there sharing and this seem such a solitary painful hell that is unbereable. I beleive Aurora was really a sick woman….in mind and heart…but she was conscious too..hard to understand and all the same really understandable, due to her terrible feelings and ideologies.
    Thanks a lot dear Liz for your wonderful heart.

    – RosaCobos

  • mhkantor
    mhkantorover 4 years ago

    wow! fantastic rosa. wow!

  • Thank you so for your presence here. I am really happy feeling your enthusiasm…good!!

    – RosaCobos

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 4 years ago

    What a tragic story this is, Hildegart was quite an extroidinary woman that is plain to see. I love your image, it is so interwoven with the plastic look of the modern age and its transient values with the backdrop of the the age old story of murder, fine work Rosa

  • Yes…that’s the point.
    The image, this time came after some “breeding” into my mind, at the moment that the story popped out of my memory. It is a real story but i had forgotten it and not paid too much attention to it…but this time for do not why it made me shudder and ask myself so many things….about human nature.
    Thank you for being here…my company and your words that always encourage me to worke harder and “keep on rocking”!!!
    A hug for you.

    – RosaCobos

  • ZugArt
    ZugArtover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for giving me such a honor.
    Love this group. Imagination will let us know..the unknown and the reality with our not censured consciousness.
    A hug.

    – RosaCobos

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Phenomenal work- bravo! The story itself is one that must be learned and remembered- and your image is a crowning challenge to explore the tragic and victorious elements therein.

  • Thank you, firstly thank you.
    Your words are is an exploring and not only the elements here, but the own substance of our human soul.
    A hug for you.

    – RosaCobos

  • shadowlee
    shadowleeover 4 years ago

    interesting and beautiful work

  • Thank you so much for your kind presence and soul.

    – RosaCobos

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