Stroll through the history of national art

07/02/2002 Diário do Nordeste (Ceará) – Newspaper

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A real opportunity for the juvenile reader tour the artistic evolution of the country. The series “History of Brazilian Art for Children” by Nereide Santa Rosa, brings in each book a small treatise on the most remarkable periods of our art. In an edition of four volumes, the author uses short texts and objectives to get straight to the point.In the first volume, “Cities and Forests”, Nereide Santa Rosa presents the work of traveling artists who depicted the Brazil between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. The second volume, “Lights and Shadows”, speaks of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts and the greatest artists of the nineteenth century. In the third, “Dreams and Reality”, presents Modernism and the birth of a genuinely Brazilian art movement. In “Colors and Shapes”, the fourth volume of the series reveals the importance and greatness of abstractionism.
“The concept of this series is formed by a rare binomial. First lovingly presents Brazil, its rich culture, natural and social. And second, shows the artistic movements and their social stimuli. Technical and poetic It is a beautiful combination: Love to the country, historical knowledge and identification with the art of poetry, “writes Jacob Klintowitz, in the presentation of books.
The first volume of the collection shows works by European painters during his travels through the interior of Brazil. These painters, explains Nereide Santa Rosa, were experts in registering picturesque images and became known as “the artists travelers”. “At the time that these travelers were here, photography techniques, such as we know today, did not exist. But people was very relevant,” says the author. Among the works shown in this volume are paintings of Rugendas, Debret, and Frühbeck.
Nereide Santa Rosa goes, over the books, showing the process of evolution of the arts. In “Lights and Shadows” reveals that when there were no many schools, many people became famous studying on their own, reaching develop important work for humanity. “Painters, sculptors, and architects were also studying and discovering techniques and working methods that contributed to producing works of art,” writes the author in the book “Shadows and Lights.”
In the same volume, it shows that, over the years, the art of painting was by changing and developing. “Painting and drawing, artists discovered color blends to produce light and shadow effects. The painters were found new features and images to express their feelings, or portray the world around them,” says. “Lights and Shadows” features many works of urban and historical themes. Among the artists featured in this volume are José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior, Victor Meirelles de Lima, and Nicolas Antoine Taunay.
Modernism and the birth of a genuinely Brazilian movement are detailed in “Dreams and Reality”. Nereide Santa Rosa shows how the Brazilianness came to be expressed. In an intense and beautiful form in the works of artists such as Anita Malfatti, Candido Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Tarsila do Amaral, Ismael Nery, Antonio Gomide Lasar Segall and. They are works that give identity to our people, who value our culture, show our beauty and denounce social injustice in the country. “Here, Brazil emerged as force and meaning on the screens of our artists,” says the author.
The association that Brazilian artists make of colors and feelings appear in “Colors and Shapes”, the last volume of the series “History of Brazilian Art for Children”. This book shows the multicolored world of painters such as Aldo Bonadei, Antonio Henrique Amaral, Manabu Mabe and Ceará Antonio Bandeira and Aldemir Martins. Here also has room for works from the early Brazilian abstractionism, especially Antonio Flag, Alfredo Volpi and Lygia Clark. They are works of filling the eyes of any person, regardless of age. And it is a tasty way that books teach this collection a little more about Brazilian art.