Saturday, 15 September 2012

José Júlio de Souza Pinto and Missing Boat

'Missing Boat' (1890) by José Júlio de Souza Pinto; Museu do Chiado, Lisbon

Nothing much to choose from today, like yesterday. I came across Portuguese painter Jose Júlio de Souza Pinto, born on 15 September 1856, and it's my first Portuguese painter on this blog. Wikipedia doesn't have an English page on him. Souza Pinto went to Paris to study at the École des Beaux Arts. Between 1881 and 1912, he regularly exhibited at the Paris Salon and became a member of the jury for selections in 1900. He fell in love with Bretagne and lived there until his death. His work is to be seen in several French museums. Today's painting I didn't find with an English title, only Portuguese and Spanish, but translated it would be 'Missing boat'. In the painting we see a woman crying, presumably the widow of the one who got lost at sea. The other woman must be his mother, I think. I was trying to get some information on this painting but was unsuccesful or maybe didn't browse long enough. This is a very vivid depiction of a woman's grief and I think it's beautiful.

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