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Tarsila do Amaral

Artist Tarsila do Amaral

Profession: Artist


Biography: Tarsila do Amaral, often known by her first name Tarsila, was a leading modernist artist in Latin America.

Tarsila studied in Paris and later lived in the city, mixing in its artistic circles. In 1922 Tarsila arrived back in Brazil just after the influential Semana de Arte Moderna (“Week of Modern Art”) and herself became part of the modernist 'Group of Five'.

Accompanied by the poet Oswald de Andrade, whom she later married, Tarsila returned again to Paris and studied under cubists teachers and began the process of creating a Brazilian modernist style.

In 1928 Tarsila painted perhaps her most famous work "Abaporú" (“Man Who Eats”). This work inspired de Andrade to write his "Anthropophagic Manifesto" and together the couple founded the Anthropophagic Movement. They sort to create new Brazilian style by devouring the techniques of European art to serve the local style.

Born: September 1, 1886
Birthplace: Capivari, São Paulo, Brazil

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: June 17, 1973 (aged 86)

Historical Events

  • 2018-02-11 MOMA opens a major solo exhibition for Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral in New York

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