Arte e Poder

Mário Navarro da Costa and Rodolfo Pinto do Couto between Portugal and Brazil: articulations for the promotion of Brazilian art in Portugal

From the colony of Portugal to independent Brazil, the relations between the two countries are historical and full of aspects for analysis. Immersed in this dynamic are two characters currently analyzed in my PhD in Art History at PPGHA-Unifesp. He is the Brazilian painter and diplomat Mário Navarro da Costa (1883-1931) and the Portuguese sculptor Rodolfo Pinto do Couto (1888-1945). Those born on different sides of the Atlantic played a wide range of artistic production, whether in the navies that were recognized in Navarro da Costa’s lines or in the sculptures modeled by Pinto do Couto. The articulations for the promotion of Brazilian art in Portugal were in the efforts undertaken by both at different stages of life when dedicating writings on the subject. Navarro da Costa writes mainly for the press, as a magazine contributor, and in his first period of work at the Lisbon consulate (1916-1918). In turn, Rodolfo Pinto do Couto dedicates considerations on Brazilian art throughout his stay in Brazil (1911-1936) and after his return to Portugal (1936). We aim, therefore, to analyze this artistic and intellectual production, in order to discuss how both approached Brazilian art in Portugal and, in a way, carried out the inverse movement, taking Brazil to Portugal.

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