Paintings reveal artistic side of General Franco

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8 March 2006, MADRID — Three oil paintings by Francisco Franco will be put up for auction next month, revealing to the public a little-known facet of the Spanish dictator.

8 March 2006

MADRID — Three oil paintings by Francisco Franco will be put up for auction next month, revealing to the public a little-known facet of the Spanish dictator.

The Madrid-based company Arte, Informacion y Gestion (Art, Information and Management), will auction off the three canvases at its Seville branch on April 5 at a starting price of EUR 9,000 each.

In evaluating the works, experts have considered "the importance of the person and the artistic value of the canvases," the director of the company, Ramon Garcia, told EFE.

The three colourful oil paintings, signed with the pseudonym Girones, portray scenes from daily life in Morocco, a country the former head of state knew well as a soldier and where in the course of a brilliant military career he became in 1926 the youngest general in Europe.

Ramon Garcia considers the three figurative pieces to be the work of an "amateur", but that they are distinguished by a certain freedom of execution.

The paintings were a gift of Carmen Polo, widow of the former head of state, to a person that worked for her for 30 years. It is now the son who has decided to put the works up for sale.

According to research carried out by Ramon Garcia, no other company has auctioned off art works by Francisco Franco, who, he added, was very fond of "drawing and painting".

Franco, who died in 1975 after ruling Spain for 36 years, had a taste for painting and drawing as well as writing.

Franco is also credited with writing the novel "Raza" (Race), written between 1940 and 1941.

The manuscript was published under the nom de plume Jaime de Andrade in 1942 , after the premiere of the movie based on it and filmed by Jose Luis Saenz de Heredia, chosen by Franco himself for the project.

In the novel the dictator tried to describe his experiences during a third of a century of Spanish history.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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