In Porto, in December 1967, a few months after his death, an exhibition of the paintings, some unfinished, left in the painter’s studio was held at the Alvarez Gallery. The very next year, in April, the first retrospective exhibition of his work was held, organised by the National Information Secretariat.
Eduardo Viana was the eldest of a group of painters born between 1881 and 1893 who marked the first modern generation in Portugal: Viana, Amadeo, Santa Rita and Almada.
His contact with Amadeo and Robert and Sónia Delaunay led him to experiment and compose works with an abstract tendency. Fundamental documents of Portuguese modernity, the paintings he made in 1925 for the decoration of the café A Brasileira, landscapes of Sintra and the Algarve, along with the nudes of the same year, the artist’s “programme painting”, are examples of the maturity he reached and expressed in chromatic sensualism.
From 1940 onwards, permanently in Portugal, isolated from everything and everyone, he concentrated on still life, the almost exclusive subject of his painting from then on.