quinta-feira, 25 de fevereiro de 2010

Amadeo Souza-Cardoso

"Menina dos Cravos" ( Carnations Girl ), 1913

" Procissão Corpus Christi" ( Corpus Christi ), 1913

" Barcos" ( Boats ), 1913

"A Cozinha da Casa de Manhufe" ( Manhufe's Kitchen), 1913

Amadeo Souza Cardoso was a painter from Amarante who introduced the modern art in Portugal. Although his work has some cubist influences it is mostly known by his futurist style. I like particularly the " Corpus Christi", its colours, geometric shapes and composition that seem chaotic at first sight, however has something more covered up that is perfectly defined after looking a few minutes.

The Impressionism

"The atelier boat", Claude Monet

Impressionism is one of the periods of Art History that I most appreciate. I like particularly the technique of representing a real scene or an object or even a person using the effect of reflected light and also the primary colours. Claude Monet is my favourite. His own sensations are reproduced using the contrast of shadow and light. It is such incredible that the movement of water, even of clouds or leaves is felt when we look at his paintings. I like his complicity with nature. The old boat was used as a floating workshop to be closer to inspiration.

quarta-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2010

Art, Design & Architecture

Back for a new aim this time called “Art, Design & Architecture “.

For a start I would like to mention that the subject of this project is one of my favourites. Once in the past I studied Art & Design in secondary school so this will give me the pleasure to recall the knowledge I acquired from that great time; other will certainly be the result of an extensive research that I'll be treating on until the end of this project.

In addition I would like to say that more than learning about Art& Design I had the opportunity to enlarge the sensitiveness and openness to look at every kind of human art expression with other eyes. So I guess I got the curiosity of an artist!

When I first thought about what I would choose to represent each one of the items “Art, Design & Architecture “, I remembered of the good old times of researching in the Art Library of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon city.
Although I do prefer contemporany art rather than others I will post here some of my favorite works from earlier centuries. First I will refer to a period of Art History – specifically, the Impressionism, then I will mention two portuguese painters with especial attention to Amadeo Souza-Cardoso. José Malhoa is not one of my favourites but I do like all the realism that can be found in several of his paintings.