is a painting, the original of which is in the Museum
of Art in Seville, Spain. The artist, Nicolas Alperiz,
was the husband of Florentina Rey Capdevila, a sister
of Maria Concepcion Rey Capdevila (Abuela) who married
Ramon Granados Marquez.
by critic, Fernando de los Rios de Guzman ...
Tale of the Witches, which is in our Museum, is one
of dramatization. The expressions of fright, the apt
attention whom they envision with their child's imagination;
the atmosphere which is enveloped in smoke from the
open hearth, set off by the sweeping with the broom
of twigs as in 'Los Caprichos' by Goya, the witches
of the story that the grandmother tells, posed so expressively,
sitting on the stool, at the little wooden table, around
which the expectant grandchildren are grouped; the rustic
little sideboard, painted red, upon which stand the
coffee mill, liquor decanter and oil cruets; the window,
as frightening as the opening to a crypt, through which
patterns, the rickety chairs, the stair landing with
half open chest where the golden bread is kept, the
food of the poor, the Body of Christ in the Communion
of the Saint of Poverty, upon the altar of the humble
table, all arouse an interesting and pleasant response;
in tune with the spectator; all showing a true artistic
temperament and the technique of an admirer of a true
and ardent apostle of the most natural."
models for this painting were Granados'. The boy at
the left in the painting is Luis Granados from the first
generation. The old woman telling the tale is his grandmother,
Concha (mother of Maria Concepcion Rey). The other two
children in the painting are probably cousins of Luis.
last check (2016) the painting was no longer on public
display in the museum.