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"Carlos Scliar: Painting from 1948 to 1983"
2003-04-16 until 2003-06-15
Fundacao Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva
Lisbon, , PT Portugal

Two well renowned poets, Cecília Meirelles and Murilo Mendes, and the young painter, Carlos Scliar, were great friends of Arpad Szenes and Vieira da Silva not only between 1940 and 1947, the time when the couple lived in Rio de Janeiro, but throughout their whole lives. "I paint because I like to paint. Painting is constantly on my mind, even when I’m not painting. (...). With my paintings I try to convey my confidence in man and his struggle, by showing that life is beautiful and deserves to be conquered...". - Carlos Scliar

Carlos Scliar was born in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, in 1921. He gave the first individual show of his paintings in 1940 in São Paulo. His participation in the war from 1944 as a member of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in Italy (where he met Morandi) and the years he lived in France, from 1947 when he accompanied Vieira da Silva on her return to Paris (Arpad would follow them a few months later), were decisive for his career as a painter In 1950 he returned to Porto Alegre. Years later he would work in ateliers in Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro and Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais) which would act as the head offices of the Carlos Scliar Foundation set up after his death in 2001.

The 21 paintings chosen for this exhibition held at the Fundação Arpad Szenes -Vieira da Silva attempt to give an overview of the 50 years of the intense professional activity of one of Brazil’s most worthwhile and engaging plastic artists

Carlos Scliar is considered one of the Masters of modern art in Brazil: "His works are based on everyday objects, simple subjects which are repeated through an accumulative process in which time plays an essential role: the link between life and art" .

"To Carlos Scliar - please forgive me – I am not a writer. I have known him for a long time. Arpad and I love what he does, the simplicity of his themes but also their seriousness, their tenacity, the peaceful colours, his skillful drawings, the ebb and flow of his compositions, the variety of rhythms, his obstinacy and creativity, painting until he achieves what he thinks the painting should be, the best, the most generous, and I see his painting as calm, discreet, tense like a serious cantata sung on a feast day. Your loyal friend, Maria Helena "

In "Scliar, A Persistência da Paisagem, uma aventura moderna no Brasil", text by Marcus de Lontra Costa, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, 1991. P3, 2 Ibidem, P160.

Carlos Scliar
Marinha com três barcos, 1981
Vinil e colagem encerados s/ tela
65 x 100 cm
Cabo Frio, RJ
Col. Instituto Carlos Scliar

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