Traces of a Recreated Reality: Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro’s busts of Pai Paulino

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Abstract

Putting the main focus on a dimension of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro’ work, it can be observed that he made clay the raw material of his sculptures, represented as social mirror, with intelligence, sensibility and creativity. The plasticity of the material and the associated technique allowed him to emphasise facial traits, to caricature gestures and features, and to fill with life the depiction of several figures of his time. He sculpted busts of distinguished persons, and immortalised street characters and popular, picturesque or iconic figures of Portuguese society, either anonymous or not. In such a collection, we will find the representation of some black people, among them the former slave Pai Paulino, a popular figure of the 19th century Lisbon
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligence, Creativity and Fantasy
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Multidisciplinary Congress (PHI 2019), October 7-9, 2019, Paris, France
EditorsMário S. Ming Kong, Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Maria João Pereira Neto
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press Taylor & Francis
Pages35-48
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-27719-2, 978-0-429-29775-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2019 - "Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy" - Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France
Duration: 7 Oct 20199 Oct 2019
Conference number: 5
http://phi.fa.ulisboa.pt/phi2019/index.php/en/

Conference

Conference5th International Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2019 - "Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy"
Abbreviated titleIntelligence, Creativity and Fantasy
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period7/10/199/10/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro
  • Pai Paulino
  • creativity
  • caricature
  • slavery
  • art/testimony
  • colonialism
  • Berlin Conference
  • British Ultimatum
  • artistic representations of black people

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