Ephemeral Beauty: The Art of Amadeo de Souza Cardoso

Thirty-one years is a short time in the life of an artist. Amadeo de Souza Cardoso (1887-1918) was born in Northern Portugal, studying architecture in Lisbon. On his nineteenth birthday he left for bohemian Paris where he decided to become a painter. Although he was close friends with Amedeo Modigliani, Juan Gris, and Robert Delaunay he did not forget his Portuguese heritage. Souza Cardoso's work wove modern influences of Expressionism,Cubism and Futurism with elements of Portuguese folk art, Catholic pageantry and the beauty of his native landscape. He participated in several important exhibitions including Salon des Indépendants of 1911 and the legendary New York Armory Show that took place in 1913. Along with his vivid paintings he published elegant drawings; illustrations for Gustave Flaubert's La Légende de Saint Julien to l'Hospitalier and the folio XX dessins. The modern visionary returned to Northern Portugal and married Lúcia Peretto. Souza Cardoso died there at the age of thirty-one, a victim of the 1918 flu pandemic.