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To the 200th anniversary of Wagner in the Prado - the symbolism of Rogelio de Eguisguiza

The Wagnerian drama and original mastery of the Spanish artist Rogelio de Egusquiza (Rogelio de Egusquiza) is a great consonance! And if you think you do not know his canvases, open any reference book or go to the university audience: you will surely meet portraits of the same Wagner or Schopenhauer. However, the main focus of the exhibition in the Prado Museum is the work in the symbolism style of the artist, who personally knew Wagner and created a series of works for his music.Until September 7, the Prado Museum invites all connoisseurs of music and painting to the exhibition of works by the Spanish artist Rogelio de Egusquiza based on the works of the iconic German composer Richard Wagner, in honor of his bicentennial. Do you think you are not familiar with the work of the Spaniard with a resounding surname? By no means! In addition to prints with mythical heroes, the exhibition features a bronze bust of Wagner and famous portraits of Wagner and the prominent German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. And these are exactly the portraits that we used to meet in literature, reference books, encyclopedias and in strict audiences of universities.Rogelio De Eguzuiza himself knew about the creators of a hearsay. He learned in Paris and traveled around Europe and the UK, and changing his passions in art from historical to portrait painting, not without imitation Mariano Fortuny, finally in 1876, de Eguguiziz suddenly became passionately fond of Wagner’s work. In the end, the artist met him personally and soon joined the Parisian group of symbolists, who drew inspiration from the composer and the universe he created. They performed a whole series of works that developed a new concept of art as a conductor of the sacred and mystical. On this wave, de Eguusuiz wrote portraits of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and Ludwig II of Bavaria, and also participated in several exhibitions Salon de la Rose + Croix. a medal, and then became a knight of the Legion of Honor. For twenty years, the artist developed Wagnerian motifs and only at the end of the century followed a new hobby: the Spanish Golden Age. He creates portraits of Calderon de Barca, Goya and Cervantes, which the world at that time rediscovered. Before the death, de Eguizuiza presented some of his works to the Paris Museum of Modern Art, which later, in 1971, went to the Prado Museum, and now finally exhibited to the public, and for the first time. In addition, in Prado there is a bronze bust of Wagner, also executed by de Eguisuiza. On the whole, the exhibition of de Eguisquiz’s works well reflects the nature of his work and the points of intersection with Wagner: tense, heroic mysticism! And workshops, great work.So, the Prado Museum, Villanuevo building, room 60.By the way, if you suddenly walk around London, visit the British Museum to look at another series of Parsifal prints performed by de Eguquiziz (in the company of Tristan and Isolda), as well as portraits of Wagner, Prince Ludwig and Schopenhauer.