Amadeo de Souza Cardosoc.1913-1915

National Museum of Contemporary Art - Museu do Chiado

National Museum of Contemporary Art - Museu do Chiado

The intensity of the contrast established by the chiaroscuro of the background is transported by the planes of the faces with a deliberate approximation to Cézanne. The profile presents a schematic treatment that unbinds the motif from an apparently suggested portrait. This piece comprises a set that verses diverse treatments of similar motifs where various pictorial understandings are traversed, attributable to the avant-gardes that impressed the artist. The inclined head inscribes a melancholic note which is expressed in the title itself. They carry a residue of interiority that the expressionism of the other heads integrates into the actual formal structure of the painting.

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  • Title: Sadness
  • Creator: Amadeo Souza-Cardoso
  • Date Created: c.1913-1915
  • Physical Dimensions: 37 cm x 38.5 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on cardboard