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Augusto Rodrigues Duarte

Augusto Rodrigues Duarte

Augusto Rodrigues Duarte was born in Nespereira in Portugal. He began his studies in 1866 at the Imperial Academy of Fine arts. He drew attention at school for being a great student, winning several awards, including two gold medals. His strengh laid in painting portraits and landscapes.

Portrait of Augusto Rodrigues Duarte

Portrait of Augusto Rodrigues Duarte

In 1866, Augusto Rodrigues Duarte enrolled in the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts – Aiba, which has classes with Victor Meirelles (1832-1903) and received several awards in historical painting and in vivo model.

In 1874, he traveled on his own to Paris to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts [National Superior School of Fine Arts], becoming a disciple of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1924-1904). He participates in the Paris Salon of 1877, with interior Apollo Gallery in the Louvre. In the Exposition Universelle [Universal Exhibition] Paris, 1878, shows the “Funeral of Atala.”

Augusto Rodrigues Duart 1878 Painting Exéquias de Atalá

“Augusto Rodrigues Duart” 1878 painting ‘Exéquias de Atalá’ Funeral of Atala

Back in Brazil in 1879, he receiving the gold medal at the General Fine Arts Exhibition this year. In 1882, he exhibited his painting “Funeral of Atala” in the School of Arts and Crafts of Rio de Janeiro. In 1885, the Brazilian imperial government acquires the piece, now part of the collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA).

In 1884 Exhibition, presented in Lagoa Paraiba margins, View of the Great Cascade of Tijuca and thoughtful military and is awarded the title of Knight of the Imperial Order of the Rose. It is included in shows Brazilian Landscape Exhibition, 1944, Painting Retrospective in Brazil, 1948, both in the MNBA, and II Bienal de São Paulo, 1953, in room Brazilian landscape until 1900.

“Great Cascade of Tijuca” 1884


“In the last frame Rodrigues Duarte relief is diffuso, the staticas actions The foreground figures teem the same density of the last plans;. The bodies of men are confused in thickness, with the objects that surround them, the light has same intensity of shadows;. the ink is low, oily, slippery your’ferreiros’ are poor men oil and after coloring, the’modelo’ is an unfortunate girl who would walk better if looking for a hospital to operate the hips, which ella has them broken, the pond on the banks of the Parahyba, the view of the Great Cascade of Tijuca are evidence of colored glasses with pretensions to paizagem d’aprés nature Good paintings are the Military Thoughtful and Pinch But far are to remember the auctor.. Exequias of Atala, this large canvas painted in Paris and promettia an artist of the first order. “
Luiz Gonzaga Duque Estrada
DUKE, Gonzaga. The Brazilian art: painting and sculpture. Rio de Janeiro: s. ed. 1988.

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