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ADRIANO SOUSA LOPES 1879 -1944. Effects of light

Adriano Sousa Lopes

2015-07-18
2015-11-08
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira e Carlos Silveira
Adriano de Sousa Lopes (1879–1944) was one of the first Portuguese artists to adopt post-Impressionist techniques. His interest was first sparked by fantastical legends and epic moments of Portuguese history, and he drew inspiration from the Symbolist aesthetic. Having been granted a scholarship to study in Paris in 1903, he fell under the spell of Impressionism and artists such as Monet and Besnard. Through visits to museums and on journeys around Europe, he developed a unique artistic approach that is reflected in the extensive series of works that he made in Venice.

A historical painter by training, he enrolled as an official artist for the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps in World War I (1914–18). He witnessed and recorded various dramatic episodes and devastated landscapes in his remarkable etchings, moving drawings and tragic paintings.

In the 1920s, his superb series of portraits of Marguerite Gros, his wife, ensured his status as a notable portrait painter of women, putting him at the heart of Portuguese Modernism, although he did not fully espouse this movement. During this period, Sousa Lopes created impressive series of works featuring light at different times of the day, exploring the depiction of the movement of waves, and the toil of the fishermen in specially chosen settings – landscapes of the Portuguese coast, around the beaches of Caparica, Nazaré, Aveiro and Furadouro.

Sousa Lopes succeeded Columbano as the director of the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea between 1929 and 1944. He worked on the expansion of the museum and pursued an acquisitions policy that concentrated mainly on 19th-century pieces, but also incorporated the work of Modernist artists for the first time.

The collection of the MNAC-MC includes a considerable number of pieces from the key stages of Sousa Lopes’ work, and this is the museum’s first monographic exhibition dedicated to the artist that was once its director. It features around 100 works, including paintings from the Musée de l’Armée in Paris that have never been displayed to the public before, but are key to understanding the artist’s sensitivity and his expressive realism.

 

Maria de Aires Silveira

Activities

    2015-07-17 19h00
    Opening of the exhibition "Sousa Lopes 1879-1944. Efeitos de luz"
    2015-07-31 14h49
    Guided tour by Fernando Rosa Dias
    2015-09-10 18h30
    Guided tour by Maria de Aires Silveira
    2015-09-26

    15h00
    18h00
    FAZER GRAVURA COMO SOUSA LOPES – MNAC-MC
    2015-10-01 18h30
    guided tour with Carlos Silveira
All Activities 3

On Exhibition

Multiplicity

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Curatorship: Tau Tavengwa, Vyjayanthi Rao
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Colective Exhibition

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Solo show

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Temporary Exhibition

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Curatorship: Hilda Frias
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Solo show

Veloso Salgado

from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter

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Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, MNAC e Elikya Kandot, Directora do museu de Boulogne-sur-mer
Exhibition Veloso Salgado from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter - integrated in the Portugal-France Season (Crusade)
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111 years

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A Colection

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Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Cristina Azevedo Tavares e Raquel Henriques da Silva
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Temporary Exhibition