Six centuries of artistic creation
Mário Dionísio played a central role in theorising neorealism. He began to paint in the late 1940s, eager to understand the painting experience in its absolute essence. From 1963, he developed an interest in abstraction, a theme that would engage him for 30 years. In "Entre o Peixe e o Touro" (Between Pisces and Taurus), painted in the final years of his life, the title evokes figuration, and the compositional form surprises in its abstraction. The spots of colour are free from geometric contours, and are interlinked in an absolute harmony between colour and form. The pleasure of painting denotes an unusual freedom, free from the straitjacket of styles or movements.
| Acrylic on canvas, 81 x 101 cm
| VILA FRANCA DE XIRA. Neo-Realism Museum