• Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Bordel (Brothel), ca. 1930, oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 39 3/8".

    Emiliano Di Cavalcanti

    Pinacoteca do Estado / Estação Pinacoteca

    This show of Emiliano Di Cavalcanti’s work made for an eye-opening complement to the current Tarsila do Amaral exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Both artists helped forge what would become known as Brazilian modernism. But if Amaral painted the tropical landscape and its exuberant vegetation, Di Cavalcanti (1897–1976) was interested in portraying samba and carnival, the female figure (often in groups) in the urban periphery, and the coastline with its fishermen. A member of the Brazilian Communist party, the artist was imprisoned twice for his political convictions, once during

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