Contemporary Pictorial Dynamics: From the Imperial Tradition to Post-Colonial Innovation

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Throughout the history of the European colonial empires, art, especially painting, helped people visualize a faraway geographical idea based on the European scholastic tradition of which Portugal had always been part. However, with the Portuguese empire’s demise in 1974, some artists decided to rethink and reconsider the Portuguese colonial legacy using approaches and interpretations that offer a new, profoundly innovative gaze.

This chapter proposes to focus on contemporary Portuguese artistic creation in the last few decades and on half a dozen artists who have revealed a path and (pictorial) discourse with global coverage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTradition and Innovation
EditorsMaria do Rosário Monteiro, Mário S. Ming Kong, Maria João Pereira Neto
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780429297786
ISBN (Print)9780367277666
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Colonial
  • Empire
  • Post-colonial
  • Contemporary world


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