Six centuries of artistic creation
Painted in Pont-Scorff, Brittany, where he settled in 1903, Souza Pinto represents one of the washerwomen who washed and bleached clothes in the river Scorff, one of the most common tasks in the region. The young washerwoman is depicted walking, carrying a bundle of clothes on her shoulder. An excellent draughtsman, with a deep knowledge of the techniques of pastel and oil painting, Souza Pinto assimilated in his painting the expression of the psychological feeling conveyed by the realists, the aesthetic values of the impressionists and the atmospheric veracity of plein air painting, developing a very original and unmistakable artistry, notably marked by the ability to reconcile the luminous atmosphere he saw in Portugal with the melancholy, darker and more overcast environment that characterises the Breton landscape.
| Oil on canvas, 82 x 65 cm
| ANGRA DO HEROÍSMO, AZORES. Museum of Angra do Heroísmo