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The Prado Museum joins the celebration of the second centenary of the birth of the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) with the exhibition of works inspired by his last opera, Parsifal, made by the Cantabrian painter Egusquiza (1845-1915), a passionate admirer of the Leipzig musician.
Under the title "Evil fades", Room 60 of the Villanueva building,"collection presentation room”, Brings together 14 works, practically unknown, in what is considered one of the most unique and surprising sets that Spanish symbolism has given.
The "presentation room of 19th century collections”Has been created to show on a rotating basis sets of works from this century that are usually not exhibited and chosen from its vast collections based on their interest and quality.
This set of 4 drawings, 7 prints, 2 paintings and 1 sculpture, works by Rogelio de Egusquiza, which is exhibited at the Prado for the first time, constitutes an example of the extreme heroic mysticism that defines the Wagnerian universe and of the transcendent influence that the personality of the musician and his work Parsifal had on the Spanish artist. Egusquiza would choose precisely these words from the libretto: “das Böse bannt” (Evil vanishes), to label with them the engraving of the Holy Grail, which presides over the exhibition and which the artist himself chose to preside over his burning chapel. The paintings on display, Kundry and Parsifal, are to be regarded as the culmination of the artist's link to Wagner's aesthetics, and are undoubtedly the absolute masterpieces of Egusquiza art, as well as the most sophisticated representation of Wagnerian iconography. of all Spanish art.
Egusquiza was already an artist with a long career when in September 1879 personally met Richard Wagner, whom he already admired and continued, being the only Spanish artist who maintained a true relationship, albeit sporadic and respectful, with the composer. The approach to the musician completely transformed his artistic interests, concentrating since then on the iconography of the German master's musical creations.
With an almost obsessive perseverance, throughout the years Egusquiza studied in drawings, engravings and canvas the protagonists of Parfisal - Richard Wagner's last operatic creation conceived as a great allegory of human salvation- causing a great echo in its time among the few Spanish intellectuals and artists grouped around the Wagneriana Association of Madrid and thus achieving his greatest consecration as a painter.
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