As part of the programme of October, a guided tour in Portuguese on naturalism in painting will take place on October 19 at 6pm.
The programme will focus on the works of Silva Porto (1850-1893), Marques de Oliveira (1853-1927) and Henrique Pousão (1859-1884). The tour is completed with other artists who left their mark on the city of Porto in the first half of the 20th century.
In Portugal, in 1867, the Academies of Fine Arts began awarding scholarships to students abroad. Silva Porto (1850-1893) and Marques de Oliveira (1853-1927) were the first students in Paris.
They joined the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1873 and, in the forest of Barbizon, lived with a group of artists who followed open-air painting, focussing on the effects of light on the landscape.
Henrique Pousão also went to Paris in 1880. His paintings of roads and streets, courtyards, houses and aspects of Paris bear witness to his creative journey, which culminated in his stays in Rome and Capri.
His work, which reveals the boldness and talent of the young painter and his absolute interest in the values of the painting itself to the detriment of the themes or the narrative, was given, after his premature death, to the Academia Portuense de Belas Artes.