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Portuguese Landscapes

The representation of the landscape, that is, of the observed territory, is a constant throughout the history of art, and its relevance is remarkable for telling the history and memory of spaces. Without ever forgetting its origins, many artists have come to represent Portuguese traditions in their paintings, influenced by Impressionists and naturalists such as Silva Porto and Carlos Reis, among others. In a particular and harmonious way, these artists have built a path from north to south, on the beauty of Portuguese landscapes, whether urban or rural. Travel, without leaving your home, along the roads of Portugal, based on the works of these seven artists and discover the particularities of the spaces represented.

grace morals

In a relationship between the body, thought and experience, Graça Morais creates works that convey to the viewer her memory of the rural world, of the village of Vieiro in Trás-os-Montes, where she was born and raised. The artist paints with strong lines the faces of a village, the stories of the Portuguese people, their customs, the way of working and the power of motherhood. Thus, it offers us a very personal view of the characteristics of the Portuguese people, through the clothes and activities portrayed as hunting.

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Julius Chapel

The landscape is a constant in the work of Júlio Capela , and it is possible to find pieces from several Portuguese places. In this case, we will analyze one of the several representations created by the artist about Porto. Attentive to the characteristics of the city, Júlio Capela carefully portrays the buildings and the estuary, in a very particular way due to the tones used and the contrasts of light and shadow. It is really with its color palette that the city transforms and becomes unique. From acrylic to watercolor through graphite, Júlio Capela is an artist who ventures to obtain a remarkable portrait from the Porto riverside to the Alentejo plains.

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Ernani Oliveira

The Aveiro district, particularly Costa Nova, has been the focus of Ernani Oliveira's representations. In his works, the artist offers us his vision of the famous waterfront where the wooden haystacks are lined up, painted in stripes in various colors alternating with white. These houses, which once served as shelter and storage for fishermen, have now become holiday homes. Ernani Oliveira 's works are unique due to several factors, such as the constant connection to geometry and the choice of strong and vivid colours. A new dimension and vision of Costa Nova is established, through the attentive eye and artistic acumen of this artist.

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António Neves

Between mountains, rivers, bridges and architectural spaces, António Neves creates an image of cities using the watercolor technique. This work depicts one of the most important religious buildings in Portugal, the church of Santa Cruz in Coimbra. Founded by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, this former male monastery of Romanesque origin, acquired over time ornaments from other artistic movements. This is the case of the facade depicted in António's painting. Neves , intervened in the beginning of the 16th century, in a collaboration between Diogo Pires, the Moço, Nicolau de Chanterene, João de Ruão and João de Castilho. On the canvas, António Neves intensely explores the pigments, offering the spectator a warm and dynamic vision of the students' city.

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Jean Christophe Espieux

The streets of the Portuguese capital tell life stories, intertwined with art. Jean Christophe Espieux captures the corners of authenticity, life and unique beauty of the small streets of this great city. From the colors and textures, the artist is able to fully capture the essence of the stairs, the facades of houses and even the activities of citizens. A city landscape full of details that brings the viewer closer to the portrayed space, offering practically the smells, sounds and tastes of greater Lisbon.

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The beauty of Portuguese architecture in Faro is reflected in Molina's work, in an elegant and geometric way. In a single piece, the artist demonstrates the history of the Portuguese crusades and the architecture of pure and clean lines that are common in southern Portugal. Thus, a chronology is created, from the Mozarabic stay in this city, from the cultural heritage of the old fortified structures to the present day with typical houses with white facades, ornaments with geometric shapes and colorful colors around the doors and windows.

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Motorcycle Urgeiro

The beauty and tranquility of natural landscapes and rural activities are the focus of Mota Urgeiro's works. Without ever forgetting his origins, the Portuguese artist paints the simple landscapes of the various cities in Portugal, demonstrating their particularities in a peaceful and harmonious way. This work portrays the view of Funchal with a strong and bright pigmentation that validates the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this city. His works show the intense influence of impressionist and naturalist painters due to the intensity of the layer of paint on the canvas. 

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Motorcycle Urgeiro

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