Tarsila do Amaral : Inventing Modern Art in Brazil
Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973) is a significant figure in Latin American modernist art. In her colourful paintings, Tarsila combined major Parisian avant-garde movements like cubism with the colours and folklore of her native Brazil, laying the foundations for the radical work of the abstract and Neo-Concretist artists who defined Brazilian art in the 1960s.
This handsome book, which accompanies an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA, explores her work and legacy. The book traces Tarsila's career from her earliest Parisian works, created while she was under the tutelage of Fernand Léger, to the emblematic modernist paintings produced in Brazil and her large-scale, socially driven works of the early 1930s.
With over 180 superb reproductions of the artist's colourful paintings, drawings and sketchbooks together with photographs and other archive information, the book includes essays exploring her central role in establishing modernism in Brazil and worldwide, the community of artists and writers she worked with and how she became a national cultural icon.
- Authors: Stephanie D'Alessandro, the former Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. and Luis Pérez-Oramas, the former Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art for the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art.
- Hardcover: 192 pages | 176 colour & 8 b/w illustrations
- Date published: December 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300228618
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 cm