Sunday, June 21, 2015

Antonio Parreiras

The Windstorm
oil on canvas
150 × 100 cm
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Antonio Diogo da Silva Parreiras (1860-1937) was a Brazilian painter, designer and illustrator. His father was a goldsmith. In 1882, he enrolled at the Academia Imperial de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro, but left two years later to attend the free painting classes. In 1886, his work "The Windstorm" was purchased by Emperor Pedro II. This allowed him to resume his formal studies and travel to Europe in 1888, entering the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. Upon his return to Brazil in 1890, he participated in the "Exposicao Gerais de Belas Artes". Later that same year, he became a Professor of landscape painting at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes (ENBA) and introduced his students to plein-air painting. Following disagreements with ENBA over changes in the curriculum, he set up his own school called the " Escola do Ar Livre".

He received numerous commissions to paint historical scenes and, after 1899, did decorations for the government in public building. His female nudes are also considered to be especially well done. From 1906 to 1919, he maintained a second studio in Paris and exhibited at the Salon. In 1925 he was chosen as Brazil's best artist by the readers of a magazine Fon-Fon.