Born at the end of the 19th century in São Paulo, Tarsila – as she is affectionately known in Brazil – studied art and music before leaving for Paris in 1920 to attend the Académie Julian. During subsequent sojourns in the French capital, she studied with André Lhote, Albert Gleizes, and Fernand Léger, fulfilling her ‘military service in Cubism’, ultimately arriving at her signature style of sensuous, vibrant landscapes and everyday scenes. This exhibition focuses on her pivotal production from the 1920s, and charts her involvement with an increasingly international artistic community, as well as her critical role in the emergence of modernism in Brazil. Though she is widely celebrated in her native country, this is the first exhibition in the US devoted exclusively to Tarsila’s groundbreaking art. Find out more about the Tarsila do Amaral exhibition from MoMA’s website.
Preview the exhibition below | See Apollo’s Picks of the Week here