Emiliano Di Cavalcanti – Woman with a Bird (1961)

A pioneer of Brazilian modernism, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti’s ideal had always been to capture the essence of his country without the influence of European art. It was, foremost, an issue of national pride, magnified by the fact that Latin Americans everywhere were searching for their own voice. This conviction was certainly strengthened by his years…

Ismael Nery – Desire for Love (1932)

“In the first place, let me treat of the nature of man and what has happened to it; for the original human nature was not like the present, but different”, says Aristophanes, the Greek playwright, at the beginning of his speech in Plato’s Symposium. “The sexes were not two as they are now, but originally…

Tarsila do Amaral – Workers (1933)

After starting a relationship with communist doctor Osório Cesar and taking a tour of the Soviet Union, Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral joined the Communist Party herself. The relationship was short lived, as was her infatuation with communism. A few of her works, however, remain as a reminder of her once strongly held political beliefs….

Carybé – The Death of Alexandrina (1939)

Although he was born in Argentina under the real name Héctor Julio Páride Bernabó, few artists have managed to capture as well as Carybé (1911 – 1997) the spirit and effervescence of Brazil.  Enamored with the country’s rich culture and its people, the artist spent the second half of his life in Bahia, Brazil’s fourth…