Painters Paintings Antonio Berni (1905–1981): First steps; Primeros pasos, 1936, Oil on canvas, 200…
Painters Work Antonio Berni (1905–1981): First steps; Primeros pasos, 1936, Oil on canvas, 200 x 180 cm, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Nationwide Museum of Positive Arts), Buenos Aires, Argentina @bellasartesargentina . .
Argentinean artist Antonio Berni was widely known early in his profession as a number one painter and promoter of his personal model of “New Realism” in Latin America.
He returned to Rosario, Argentina in late 1931, following a decisive keep in Europe throughout which he had come into contact with completely different avant-garde improvements, tendencies towards a return to order and grand Western figurative traditions.
Though he continued working in relation to the surrealist experiences he had cultivated over the last portion of his keep in Paris, he quickly veered within the course of latest realism. ‘Primeros Pasos’ is a portray whose sleek, stylized characters share a monumental, hierarchic high quality that may be present in most of the figures the artist painted throughout the thirties and forties. On this case Paule and Lily are portrayed, the artist’s spouse and daughter who function in varied enigmatic scenes inside a protracted collection of works devoted to female figures proven deep in thought.
Though in a few of these monumental portraits the determine stands out towards a singular rural or riverside panorama, the bulk are invariably located in interiors with empty, undecorated partitions, interrupted solely by fragments of furnishings or home windows that open onto the skin world.
It is a unusual scene wherein time appears to face nonetheless and the ability of phrases is changed by the characters in all of the eloquence of their contained, melancholic gestures. In these scenes, some traces of Renaissance traditions and Christian iconography may be detected, particularly the theme of the Annunciation. That is no coincidence if we take into account the style wherein Giorgio de Chirico recovered sure zones of the previous in his metaphysical portray, whose motifs and compositional modalities Berni appears to have transcribed in a number of of his works. (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes)