Amadeo De Souza Cardoso Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
11-14-1887 Mancelos, POR -10-25-1918 Espinho, PORBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
At the age of 18, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso entered the Superior School of Fine Arts of Lisbon and one year later on his 19th birthday celebration he went to Paris, where he intended to continue his studies but soon quit the architecture course and started studying painting. He went to the Académie des Beaux-Arts and the Viti Academy of the Impressionist painter Anglada Camarasa. He became close friends with artists such as Juan Gris, Amedeo Modigliani, and the Italian Futurists Gino Severini and Umberto Boccioni.
In 1913, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso participated in two seminal exhibitions: the Armory Show in New York City, that traveled also to Boston, and Chicago, and at the Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin. Both exhibitions presented modern art to a public that was yet not accustomed to it. Amadeo was among the most successful of the exhibitors at the Armory Show, as sold seven of the eight works he had on display.
Amadeo met with Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona in 1914 and then left for Madrid, where the stun of World War I was at that point in progress. In 1910, influenced both by Cubism and Futurism, Cardoso became one of the first modern Portuguese painters to paint in those styles. Some of his art canvases, like, Trou de la Serrure, look like collages and seem to pave the way to Abstract or even Dadaism.
Cubism was in development all through Europe and was an important influence in his analytical cubism. Amadeo de Souza Cardoso investigated Expressionism and in his last works, he attempted new techniques and different types of plastic expression.
At the age of 30, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso died in Espinho, of the Spanish flu. After his death, his work remained practically obscure until 1952, when a room dedicated to his paintings in Amarante Museum gained the public's attention. A major retrospective on him was held in 2016, at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Art Movement: Futurism, Modernism.
Artists Influencing Amadeo de Souza Cardoso: Anglada Camarasa.
He Traveled To USA, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.