At the Edge: A Portuguese Futurist - Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso
A pioneer of modernism and a national cultural hero in Portugual, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso enjoyed a promising but tragically brief career. He settled in Paris as a student in 1906, immersing himself in the bohemian culture of the city while becoming friends with Amedeo Modigliani, Juan Gris, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Diego Rivera and the sculptor Constantin Brancusi.
He worked in a variety of ways, often drawing the on the multiple viewpoints of cubism and the dynamism of futurism. He painted the dramatic mountainous landscapes of his native region Marão, in Montanhas; the elaborate Catholic processions he witnessed near his home in Portugal in Procissão Corpus Christi; extraordinary abstract portraits of his friends in Paris; and complex, vibrant still lifes that combine elements of Portuguese folk art with symbols of the Paris metropolis. Using rhythmic, circular forms of floating color, Souza Cardoso also painted some of the earliest completely nonrepresentational pictures ever created.