I repeat, most of what I write come from family oral tradition. There's still a lot I haven't read, and who knows how much I've already forgotten


The friendship of Figari and Amorim must have been quite close, at least considering how they shared the subject of "quitanderas". I only know it after having red "La carreta" (The Cart), by Amorim, and having seen most of Figari's paintings about them. I gather that "quitanderas" refers to a Brazilian tradition of women travelling cross-country on their horsecarts, selling sweets called "quitandas". In the novel by Amorim, those women also offer their own selves. I am not sure of what inspired Amorim, but Figari only gives a plastic interpretation to Amorim's writings.


The two artistic creations looked so real, thata French writer took that "reality" as a subject for his own novel, what at least led to a polemic in European and American papers, and perhaps insinuated a lawsuit. I know this subject has been stgudied seriously, and I might be able to add thjos studies over here.

Their friendship was lifelong, and the relation carried on by Amorim's widow and Figari's eldest daughter, María Elena.


                                             Fernando Saavedra Faget.