Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso lived a short and intense life in Paris, where he made contacts with modernist artists, and returned to Portugal at the beginning of the First World War as a recognised painter in avant-garde circles, dying at the age of 30 from pneumonic flu.
He took part in group exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, New York, Chicago, Boston and London, and even exhibited and sold his work in the United States, being considered, by American art critic Robert Loescher, “one of the best kept secrets of early modern art”.
In 2016, more than 40,000 people visited the exhibition dedicated to Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso at the Soares dos Reis National Museum in Porto (at the image), which later moved to the Chiado Museum in Lisbon, and in the same year, at the Grand Palais in Paris, another exhibition brought together around 250 of the artist’s paintings, drawings and prints.
Robert Delaunay and Sonia Delaunay – a couple of artists who were instrumental in promoting Orphism – lived in Portugal for around a year during the First World War and met Portuguese artists Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso and Almada Negreiros, with whom they became friends.
‘Harmony and Dissonance: Orphism in Paris, 1910-1930’ will be on show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York from 08 November 2024 to 09 March 2025.