The Museum of Avant-garde

Tarsila do Amaral

Brazil (1886—1973)
After a brief marriage, Tarsila started to cultivate sculpture and met Anita Malfatti. She moved to Paris but Malfatti convinced her to return to Brazil and joined the Modernist group. She met Oswald de Andrade and with him, Anita, Mario De Andrade and Menotti del Picchia founded the Group of Five. With Oswald she moved back to Paris, where she was introduced to Léger and the whole Parisian community. In 1924 she travelled back in Brazil and continued painting. In 1928 she created the Abaporu – a gift to Oswald–, Athropofagia, The Moon, The Lake and Setting Sun. In early 1930s she discovered the Communist ideology and produced the Workmen and Second Class. Abandoned any political ideas, she started to collaborate with the newspaper Diários Associados as a columnist but continued painting and exhibiting in Brazil and in the rest of the world.