Francisco Bores. Gouaches for Poe’s 'The Raven'

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Francisco Bores. Gouaches for Poe’s 'The Raven'

This exhibition is dedicated to the series of gouaches that Francisco Bores (Madrid, 1898 –Paris, 1972) painted in the first half of the 1960s to illustrate the poem 'The Raven' (1845) by Edgar Allen Poe. Never before exhibited until recently, these 12 gouaches are now being shown for the first time alongside a canvas of the same period entitled 'Summer Landscape' (1965). In contrast to the most celebrated of Poe’s illustrators, such as Édouard Manet and Gustave Doré, Bores eliminated any narrative element. His images of the raven, either alone or with Lenore, recall those of the Symbolist painter Odilon Redon, but employ a more lyrical and sensual language.

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