Julio Escámez: "Few days before Neruda died we worked in Florida on the bock "La Fronda"

 

 

 

Mexico City. - In a telephone interview from Costa Rica, July Escámez (1925), speaks of the relationship between the visual arts and poetry of Neruda: "loved picture books, for he had an extraordinary sensitivity to the forms and images of the graphic and painting. His metaphors are visual in nature. Sometimes used to draw in order to illustrate some poems themselves or their friends. "Noted painter, printmaker, muralist and set designer Chilean illustrated: Bird Art (1973) and a few days before the death of the book prepared Neruda: The Fronde Florida.
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July Escámez: "A few days before the death of Neruda worked in the book La Fronda Florida"
Saturday, October 20, 2012 13:58 Mario Casasús

Mexico City. - In a telephone interview from Costa Rica, July Escámez (1925), speaks of the relationship between the visual arts and poetry of Neruda: "loved picture books, for he had an extraordinary sensitivity to the forms and images of the graphic and painting. His metaphors are visual in nature. Sometimes used to draw in order to illustrate some poems themselves or their friends. " Noted painter, printmaker, muralist and designer Chilean illustrated: Bird Art (1973) and a few days before the death of the book prepared Neruda: The Fronde Florida.

MC. - When Neruda spoke with him last?
JE. - A few days before his death, Neruda suggested me for the projected book La Fronda Florida, a hymn to the forests of southern Chile, reproduce it at my drawings final format of the Journal of Forest and he subsequently would add poetic texts. I did not know these texts, as Neruda's disease worsened.

MC. - Hernán Loyola Matilde Urrutia or not rescued any unpublished Fronda Florida?
JE. - I do not know that they have reached to know these texts, or what was their final destination. Remember that Neruda's house was raided by agents of the dictatorship and subsequently closed. When I was allowed to return to Chile, after years of exile found the illustrations in my workshop, who had escaped a raid on those dramatic days of the coup, and were later exhibited in Isla Negra.

MC. - Don Julio, wrote that to inaugurate Cantalao Foundation, Neruda: "I had prepared the frontispiece inscription dedicated to two people: Carlos Nascimento and Gonzalo Losada", do you Cantalao designed the sign?
JE. - I did not participate in anything related to Cantalao Foundation project, met the two editors of Neruda, both Nascimento, as Losada, because I did the illustrations Art birds with Hector Herrera, is a fine edition and important, large format full color. Gonzalo Losada traveled from Argentina to Isla Negra to care for the design of the book.

MC. - What do you attribute that several books were illustrated Neruda?, Memory work Venturelli, Siqueiros, Rivera, Toral, Antunez, Carreño, Oldfelt, Martner ...
JE. - Neruda loved picture books, for he had an extraordinary sensitivity to the forms and images of graphics and painting. His metaphors are visual in nature. Sometimes used to draw in order to illustrate some poems themselves or their friends.

MC. - Neruda made 12 drawings for the 12 sonnets Arce Homer ...
JE. - I was a friend of Homer Arce. I remember with pain his tragic death at the hands of the dictatorship's henchmen.

MC. - Published in 2004: Visions of the poet's childhood and adolescence. Neruda 1906-1921. Why did not address his book of Neruda later years?
JE. - I wanted to write a book about the distant impressions of his childhood to which he constantly refers to his poetry.

MC. - Neruda met in Temuco or Conception?
JE. - Santiago I met him at an exhibition in which I participated in the Central House of the University of Chile. He bought one of my works.

MC. - Neruda Lost contact with the persecution of Law Damn?
JE. - That was a very dramatic, after escape persecution at home, Neruda escaped through the Andes to Argentina and then to Europe and Mexico. The dictator had ordered González Videla it also apprehended abroad.

MC. - You knew Delia del Carril?
JE. - The Ant besides clever and gentle had a passion for drawing and painting. The theme of the beautiful horses exhibited in an exhibition.

MC. - Never took sides between being friends with Ant or The Chascona?
JE. - No, first I was friends with Delia del Carril. Much later when I met Neruda divorced Matilde Urrutia.

MC. - Changing the subject, what he thought at the news that José Miguel Varas wrote a novel about you?
JE. - We held serious discussions about the protagonist of the stories told, as were my intense experiences throughout my life. I opposed it undergo a novel treatment.

MC. - Will you write your memoirs?
JE. - Right now my memories drafted profusely illustrated.

MC. - When do you finish it?
JE. - Maybe in two years.

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