Artist: Lula Cardoso Ayres (1910 - 1987) Active: Brazil Title: Sombra (Shadow) Category: Painting Medium: Oil Ground: Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right and dated 1964 Size: 28 x 20" Style: Modern Frame: Slim Modern Wood Frame Frame Size Overall: 29 x 31 Price: $4,500
Condition Report: This painting is in very good overall condition. It shows craqueleur, more so in the top half of the canvas. The painting does show several small areas of restorative in-painting, discernible by the lack of varnish shine as depicted in the macro photos.
This composition and arrangement of this painting are endlessly fascinating. The artist shows us the shadow of a figure which is positioned out of the frame and to the left of the viewer. The figure casts a long shadow across the floor and up onto the wall. This wall is only the first of three, the last of which shows a fanciful grillwork transom showing the scrollwork that appears in so many of Ayres’ paintings. The painter used an enticing series of innovative paint techniques to create a textural wonderland, a microcosm of color interplay. The specter of a spectre challenges the viewer to thought. The elegantly contrived composition combines with the enigmatic surface texture to beguile the viewer endlessly.
Lula Cardoso Ayres (1910-1987) was a Brazilian painter. He held individual exhibitions at the São Paulo Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia and the Itamarati Palace, in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Independence of Brazil. For 25 years he was a professor at the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Pernambuco.
Lula Cardoso Ayres (1910-1987) was born in Recife, State of Pernambuco, on September 26, 1910. Son of João Cardoso Ayres and Carolina Cardoso Ayres, members of the Cucaú Plant. She spent her childhood at the family estate in the Madalena neighborhood. He began his studies in painting with Heinrich Mozer, a German painter who lived in the city of Recife.
In 1925, he traveled to Paris, where he lived for several years, dedicated to the study of several modern trends, visiting museums, exhibitions and workshops. In 1930 he returned to Brazil, establishing residence in Rio de Janeiro, where he entered the National School of Fine Arts. He made friends with Cândido Portinari and Orlando Teruz. He spent two years in the capital of the Republic, where he illustrated books and magazines, worked with Procópio Ferreira, painting scenarios for theater.
In 1932, he returned to Pernambuco, where he dedicated himself to work at Usuca Cucaú. He approached Gilberto Freire. He participated in the exhibition of paintings of the Afro-Brazilian Congress, held in Recife in 1934. This meeting represented an approximation of the manifestations of black and Iberian culture, such as religious beliefs, music, dance, plastic representations and carnival activities. This congress was attended by several prominent personalities, such as the sociologist Gilberto Freyre, the organizer of the event, the psychiatrist Ulisses Pernambucano the anthropologist Edson Carneiro, the historian and literary critic Aderbal Jurema, among others.
Lula Cardoso Ayres worked with his father until 1944, trying to adapt to the life of an entrepreneur, but moved away from business and dedicated himself full-time to painting. It has produced an enormous amount of murals that are spread by diverse cities, like Recife, São Paulo, Santos, Salvador, Penedo and Maceió. His first mural was commissioned by the doctor Artur Moura, to his clinic in Praça Chora Menino, in the Boa Vista neighborhood.
Critics point to the existence, in his work, of an abstractionist and a figurative phase, which give expression to landscapes and human types representative of the rural world. He held individual exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador and at the Itamarati Palace. For 25 years, he was a professor at the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Pernambuco. With the constant support of his wife, Lourdes Cardoso Ayres, he carried out a work that is now preserved by his sons João and Luiz, at the Lula Cardoso Ayres Cultural Institute.
Lula Cardoso Ayres died in Recife, Pernambuco, on June 30, 1987.
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