Key Kai Knows

June 14, 2011 2:50 pm June 13, 2011 8:00 am
Anselmo Piccoli 
September 4, 1915 - July 12, 1992
He was an Argentine Abstract artist. His use of geometry marked a clear trend in his work towards Constructivism.
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Anselmo Piccoli

September 4, 1915 - July 12, 1992

He was an Argentine Abstract artist. His use of geometry marked a clear trend in his work towards Constructivism.

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June 12, 2011 6:24 pm 8:00 am
Victor Meirelles de Lima
August 18, 1832 - February 22, 1903
was a 19th century painter. He studied art in Paris but painted most of his works in and about his native Brazil. His religious and military paintings helped him become one of the most popular and celebrated Brazilian painters.
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Victor Meirelles de Lima

August 18, 1832 - February 22, 1903

was a 19th century painter. He studied art in Paris but painted most of his works in and about his native Brazil. His religious and military paintings helped him become one of the most popular and celebrated Brazilian painters.

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June 11, 2011 4:40 pm
Pedro Américo de Figueiredo e Melo
April 29, 1843 to October 7, 1905
He was one of Brazil’s most important academic painters.
He returned to Brazil after studying at the Academia Imperial de Belas Artes and earned a Doctorate in Sciences at the University of Brussels, in 1868. He went on to produce a wonderful series of masterpieces, including one of the most well known works of art in Brazil: Independence or Death!, depicting the moment when Prince Peter declared the country independent from Portugal. This work has  illustrated History books for elementary schools in Brazil for decades.

Pedro Américo de Figueiredo e Melo

April 29, 1843 to October 7, 1905

He was one of Brazil’s most important academic painters.

He returned to Brazil after studying at the Academia Imperial de Belas Artes and earned a Doctorate in Sciences at the University of Brussels, in 1868. He went on to produce a wonderful series of masterpieces, including one of the most well known works of art in Brazil: Independence or Death!, depicting the moment when Prince Peter declared the country independent from Portugal. This work has  illustrated History books for elementary schools in Brazil for decades.

June 8, 2011 8:00 am
Natureza-Morta, Still Life (undated). Decio Rodrigues Villares (1851-1931). Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo.

Natureza-Morta, Still Life (undated). Decio Rodrigues Villares (1851-1931). Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo.

June 7, 2011 8:10 am
"Apóstolo São Paulo"
Délcio Villares
 bronze sculpture
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

"Apóstolo São Paulo"

Délcio Villares

 bronze sculpture

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

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June 6, 2011 8:00 am June 5, 2011 8:00 am
Spotlight on…
Décio Villares
(December 1, 1851 - Rio de Janeiro, 1931).
He was born in Rio de Janeiro. Villares was a painter, sculptor and designer in Brazil.
He studied at the Colegio Pedro II and in 1868 joined the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts (AIBA), at seventeen. Villares traveled to France and Italy, staying in Europe for almost ten years. In 1872, he enrolled in the atelier of Alexandre Cabanel, being awarded two years later, at the Paris Salon for his work Paolo and Francesca da Rimini. 
It was in Paris that Villares joined the Republican ideals and converted to positivism. Fervently Catholic, he painted Decius Fall of Christianity and the Virgin of Humanity, to the Temple of the Religion of Humanity in the French capital.
He returned to Brazil in 1881, participating in exhibitions in the years immediately following, in places like Halls School of Arts and Crafts. Critics Gonzaga Duque, Oscar and Felix Guanabarino Ferreira came to write about the work of Villares. 
Villares made busts of major figures such as Christopher Columbus, Tiradentes, Jose Bonifacio, Deodoro da Fonseca and Benjamin Constant.

Spotlight on…

Décio Villares

(December 1, 1851 - Rio de Janeiro, 1931).

He was born in Rio de Janeiro. Villares was a painter, sculptor and designer in Brazil.

He studied at the Colegio Pedro II and in 1868 joined the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts (AIBA), at seventeen. Villares traveled to France and Italy, staying in Europe for almost ten years. In 1872, he enrolled in the atelier of Alexandre Cabanel, being awarded two years later, at the Paris Salon for his work Paolo and Francesca da Rimini.

It was in Paris that Villares joined the Republican ideals and converted to positivism. Fervently Catholic, he painted Decius Fall of Christianity and the Virgin of Humanity, to the Temple of the Religion of Humanity in the French capital.

He returned to Brazil in 1881, participating in exhibitions in the years immediately following, in places like Halls School of Arts and Crafts. Critics Gonzaga Duque, Oscar and Felix Guanabarino Ferreira came to write about the work of Villares. 

Villares made busts of major figures such as Christopher Columbus, Tiradentes, Jose Bonifacio, Deodoro da Fonseca and Benjamin Constant.


June 4, 2011 8:00 am