ArtServe proudly presents the tapestry works of acclaimed Brazilian artist
Tarsila do Amaral
September - October 2018
“She led Latin American art in a bold new direction ... Her paintings, featuring oversize bodies in flowing, stylized landscapes, provoked the modern Brazilian penchant for antropofagia, or biomorphism ... and forged a modernist vocabulary for her country’s art.” – The New York Times
Known to the world simply as Tarsila, Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral is known for inventing modern art in Latin America. Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Tarsila was a strong, independent woman who lived life on her own terms and conditions. Whether it was her work or her personal life — she overcame limitations to follow her heart. Born in late nineteenth century into a planter family, she had her initial training in academic art. Later at the age of thirty she had her first exposure to modernist art through the works of Anita Malfatti. Three years later, she moved to Paris, where she was exposed to Cubism, Futurism, and Expressionism and was influenced by her associations with artists Fernand Léger and Constantin Brancusi, dealer Ambroise Vollard, and poet Blai. Her experience in Paris also motivated her to look more deeply into her Brazilian roots, igniting her desire to be known as a Brazilian artist. Upon returning to Brazil, she rediscovered the vibrant colors of her land and soon started portraying Brazilian landscape and imagery, synthesizing Brazilian elements with Cubism. She moved into surrealism and began depicting more socially relevant issues in her works as her consciousness grew.
A central figure in the genesis of modern art in her native Brazil, Tarsila’s influence is significant in today’s art world, as her work continues to be seen, understood and admired by a wide contemporary audience.