Author practices ‘historical reparation’ in book about painter Pedro Amrico

Author practices ‘historical reparation’ in book about painter Pedro Amrico
Author practices ‘historical reparation’ in book about painter Pedro Amrico
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Surely you, the reader, have seen the painting ‘Independence or Death!’ in history books – no matter the age. It is the most renowned work on the exclamation of Independence and, today, adorns the Noble Hall of the Ipiranga Museum – a space specially designed to house the 4.15 m high by 7.60 m wide canvas. However, few know how to name the author, let alone cite another painting of his own. Those who write to you understood in these social circles until the reading of ‘Beyond Ipiranga, the extraordinary life of Pedro Américo and its incredible facets’, a historical reparation written by the lawyer Thélio Queiroz Farias. The launch of the work takes place this Saturday (24), in the sixth edition of Fenelivro, held in Bairro do Recife since last Wednesday (21).

It is clear that Brazil devalues ​​its historical personalities, but the case of Pedro Américo is disproportionately specific given the legacy for the country. From humble origins in Areia, Paraíba, Pedro showed an inclination to paint since childhood and impressed family and neighbors with an amazing realism in his drawings.

He traveled the world to refine his technique under the guidance of renowned masters from the artistic academy, an inexhaustible learning journey. The biography is the result of five years of research that led the author to revisit the story of Pedro Américo in sources located in Areia, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis, São Paulo, Florence, Paris, Brussels, Lisbon and even Recife. Eager for knowledge, the man from Paraíba reconciled other areas and became a novelist, poet, scientist, art theorist, essayist, philosopher, politician and Brazilian professor – in addition to being a reference in national and international painting.

The life and works of Pedro Américo are confused, but the author details the artist’s 62 years in 244 pages, with unpublished facts, illustrations and a rich collection of sources.

Although it seems like a far-fetched topic at first glance, the art of Paraíba is presented in an accessible and easy way for the reader, without being tied to previous or academic knowledge to emerge in the reading. An education enthusiast, Pedro Américo would certainly approve of a biography that discusses his dozens of facets so didactically.


The article is in Portuguese

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