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Rogelio de Egusquiza y Barrena
"A Reverie During The Ball", 19th Century Oil on Canvas by Rogelio Egusquiza

1879

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ROGELIO DE EGUSQUIZA Spanish, 1845 - 1915 A REVERIE DURING THE BALL signed and dated "Rogelio Egusquiza, 1879" (lower right) oil on canvas 21-3/4 X 33-5/8 inches (55 X 85cm.) framed: 28-1/4 X 40-1/4 inches (71.5 X 102 cm.) PROVENANCE Bonham´s London - Sale date 13th November 2007. Private Spanish Collector An intimate work by Rogelio de Egusquiza, dated in 1879 that corresponds to the time when Egusquiza breaks with his previous way of painting and begins a stage with large-format works and all related to music, and more specifically with Wargner. In the foreground of the work we see a female figure with an attitude of repose, painted with exquisite delicacy, bathed all of it with a warm indirect light. Rogelio de Egusquiza y Barrena (Santander, 1 1845-Madrid, February 10, 1915) was a Spanish painter, sculptor and engraver, especially known for being a friend of the German composer Richard Wagner, having made Wagnerian-themed paintings, and contributing to the dissemination of its aesthetics in Madrid. He trained in Madrid and at the Imperial School of Fine Arts in Paris. From the late 1860s, he resided in Paris. The theme of his works was in this historicist era. Subsequently, he made genre painting and portraits, and all in an academic style. After the death of Mariano Fortuny, he was in his workshop in Rome, working with the Madrazo, Raimundo and Ricardo, until 1875. He met Wagner's music in 1876, while in Paris, which led him to travel to Munich to listen to The Nibelungo Ring in 1879. His enthusiasm for the music and aesthetic ideas of this composer led him to know him personally, for what went to his house in Bayreuth. In later years, he met the composer several times: Venice, 1880; Berlin, 1881 and Bayreuth, 1882. On this last occasion, he attended the premiere of Parsifal. He is one of the only two Spanish friends that Wagner had; the other was the music critic Joaquín Marsillach. From his encounter with Wagner, Egusquiza took a turn to his career and devoted himself to painting Wagnerian themes, more portraits of his characters than concrete scenes, in a symbolist style. And also portraits, like that of Schopenhauer and Louis II of Bavaria. He was the only Spaniard, apart from Dr. José de Letamendi, who collaborated in the magazine Bayreuther Blätter, with an article on lighting in the theater, entitled «Ueber die Beleuchtung der He participated in the Rosicrucian salons of 1892, 1893, 1896 and 1897. He presented prints on Parsifal (Kundry, Amfortas, Parsifal, Titurel and The Holy Grail) at the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1900, where he was recognized with a medal silver; He was part of the Aureliano de Beruete jury.3 The French government distinguished him with the Legion of Honor. Although he lived in Paris, he frequently traveled to Madrid, where his sister lived. He joined the Madrid Wagnerian circle, around the Lhardy restaurant. With his painting, he influenced the reception of Wagnerism in the capital. As Paloma Ortiz de Urbina y Sobrino points out: It conserves works of Egusquiza, mainly, the Museum of the Prado, having some in the National Library of Madrid, and in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander and Cantabria. In addition to drawings and prints, the Prado Museum preserves a bronze bust of Richard Wagner (1892). To celebrate the second centenary of Wagner's birth, the Prado exhibited, between November 5, 2013 and September 7, 2014, works by Egusquiza, in room 60 of the Villanueva building, with the title "Evil vanishes" . EXHIBITED Fundación MAPFRE , Madrid Sala Recoletos 19 Septiembre 2019 - 12 Enero 2020 "El espíritu de una época BOLDINI y la pintura española a finales del siglo XIX", page 226, illustrated

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