This painting by Ângelo de Sousa is a sculpture made by other means.
It is a shape which, like the little paper coils we make when we are kids, makes colour fields sink beneath other colour fields.
It is somewhat curious to note that in order to describe a painting called Geométrico grande it is natural to have recourse to such simple and natural, childish and happy things as paper coils, but this seems to be a constant factor in Ângelo de Sousa’s work – in his paintings and his (large or small) sculptures, and in his (small) drawings, his films and his photographs. In any of the processes that he has used, an ever-present is this same capacity to grant a playful tone to a thought upon space, colour, the plane, the line or the cognitive and perceptive processes of the image, which is often complex and finally ironic. It is not usual to state this, but Ângelo de Sousa is a highly educated person, and his art is also sophisticated and subtle.
His abstract paintings – which were complex in 1967 and today are acid and biting – have always been simultaneously close to and distant from the minimal. Close to artists like Sol LeWitt, with his folds and unfoldings of planes, far from monochrome dryness. Indeed, Ângelo de Sousa’s painting, even when it seems to have only one colour, is the result of a complex texture weaving, in which a profound knowledge of the perceptive mechanisms and processes of colour contributes towards defining planes that are articulated within folds and breaks.
When we look at a painting by Ângelo de Sousa, we may, as is the case of this Geométrico grande, be tempted to state that finally his painting is baroque after all. That the folds and the pleats that construct it, as in the sculptures, are always excesses of counterpointillism. That the finely constructed golds are memories of spaces in which the drapings are only imagined through details and touches. Thus his painting is to be seen close up, like shapes that stand out in the space in musical structures.
It appears that Ângelo de Sousa’s Geométrico grande should be seen to the sound of Haendel.

Delfim Sardo


  • Title: Sem título (Geométrico grande)
  • Creator: Ângelo de Sousa
  • Date Created: 1967
  • Location: Lisbon
  • Physical Dimensions: 169,5 x 137 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Culturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos
  • Medium: Gouache, polyvinyl acetate, tableaux wax varnish on hardboard
  • Photographer: © José Fabião
  • Inventory: 240159

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