Six centuries of artistic creation
Eduardo Viana painted this "Sintra landscape" in 1925, together with another picture, "Paisagem Algarvia" (Algarve landscape), as decorative art pieces for Brasileira at Chiado. Before being hung there, the paintings were exhibited at the Salon d'Automne, in the first exhibition of the modernist generation. The landscape, in a configuration of geometric lines, is expressed scenographically in different chromatic planes that unfold to the horizon. The influence of Cézanne's painting is clear, as is the inspiration in the boldness of the Fauvist colour palette, that Viana discovered while travelling in France at the beginning of the century and reinterpreted in a very personal synthesis, with indisputable sensitivity and technical prowess. This is a work produced at a particularly interesting and creative time, focusing on purely visual values that break definitely with the principles of naturalist painting.
| Oil on canvas, 130 x 200 cm
| LISBOA. Belém Palace