This is an example of a painting stripped of artifice. These piteiras (aloes) reveal an extreme simplification of small touches in colour that evoke a water-colour like quality. The theme in the foreground interrupts perspective, granting it rhythm – a characteristic that is common in Vaz's painting – the vertical and agressive elements being the leaves. The presence of this element in the foreground replaces the sense of place with an emblematic and southerly mood, an aspect considered by João Vaz.


  • Title: Agave
  • Creator: João Vaz
  • Date Created: 1897/1911
  • Physical Dimensions: 34 cm x 57 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood

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