05 March 2009

More Tarsila do Amaral for everybody!

Although I have written about "hot weather" to post here, after reading many comments, I am convinced that I should write, firstly, more about Tarsila do Amaral, because many people liked the photos posted here, before. Well, if you see Madureira (4th picture) you will notice a kind of "Eifiel Tower" in the middle of a slum area with black people in Rio de Janeiro. Madureira was painted in 1924 when Tarsila came to Brazil in Carnival. This mixing of cultures: she had studied in Paris getting back to Brazil can be understood as a conflict between the two cultures. The mass of colours contrast with the other Tarsila´s paintings where she paints with soft pastels. The theme of A Negra (The black woman, 3rd picture) is connected with Tarsila´s childhood: the slave (the black woman) that feeds the babies, very common at that time in Brazil. So, another part of Tarsila´s biography. We can feel the immobility of the A Negra, her deformation shape, cubism behind the woman, the sad look in her eyes, the Brazilian style. In Antropofagia (2nd picture) there is a matching between Abaporu and A Negra. In Ovo or Urutu (The Egg, first picture) we can feel frightening. However, egg means birthing, something new that comes out. There are so many things to see about Tarsila´s works. Besides, many pictures to gaze at, to enjoy, to keep into ourselves what we have learnt. If someone is interested in Modernism in Brazil (1920`s) read Oswald de Andrade, among other Brazilian authors.


Nick James said...

Thanks for sharing! I love how mid-western it is!

Dave King said...

I'm going to have to come to terms with this - I'm not there yet!

The lady in Red said...

Nick, you´re welcome.

Dave, come to Tarsilas and google her to find out more about here fabulous work!

Anonymous said...

Enthusiasts of the films of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski (Blind Chance, Dekalog, The Double Life of Véronique, Three Colours Trilogy, etc) are invited to drop by my chatroom at the Brasserie Alizé on the anniversary of the director’s death, this coming Friday evening, 13 March 2009, from around 1800 GMT. Please pass on the invitation to others and hopefully see you there!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Love it..........your posts are always awesome Lady In Red and I look forward to them :)
Hope your weekend is filled with much love, joy and laughter :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Greener Bangalore said...

Oh.you are an awesome artist Ruth. thanks for sharing ....your blog is a good combination of all ; photographs, art and write-ups...!!!

The lady in Red said...

Reggie, thanks again for visiting. Nice week for you.

Greener Bangalore, thanks for coming. I am not an artist, but I really like writing, especially argumentative compositions. However, I havent had time.
Best wishes,

Aleksandra said...

Just a greeting from me,have a nice day,Sandra

The lady in Red said...

Thanks Aleksandra. Have a nice day, too!