Do Amaral

b. 1886
- d. 1973
  • Brazil
Turnover 2023
$USD 27.000
Record Sale
$USD 1.300.000

Tarsila do Amaral’s artistic path commenced under the guidance of the renowned painter Pedro Alexandrino, but it was her transformative experiences in Europe, particularly her sojourn in Paris, that ignited her creative passion and solidified her standing in the global modernist movement. Tarsila’s body of work encapsulates a remarkable fusion of her Brazilian heritage and the avant-garde European influences she absorbed. Her unique style, characterized by vibrant hues, geometric shapes, and a distinctive synthesis of Cubist and Surrealist elements, not only captured the essence of Brazil’s landscape, culture, and people but also celebrated her nation’s identity.

Her iconic paintings, such as “Abaporu” and “Anthropophagy,” not only extolled her nation’s essence but also embraced the concept of cultural “cannibalism,” symbolizing the absorption of diverse influences and their transformation into a distinct Brazilian artistic language. A pivotal juncture in Tarsila’s life was her collaboration with fellow modernist Oswald de Andrade, whom she later wed. Their union ignited a creative partnership that catalyzed innovative thought and the articulation of a distinctly Brazilian modernism. Tarsila’s artistry served as a proclamation of national identity, depicting a vibrant and multifaceted Brazil that stood in stark contrast to European-centric narratives. Her legacy extended beyond her canvas as she played a critical role in the creation of the Anthropophagic Manifesto, a seminal document in Brazilian modernism.

Tarsila’s artistic output, activism, and unapologetic celebration of her roots paved new avenues for forthcoming generations of Brazilian artists to explore their cultural heritage. While Tarsila do Amaral’s passing in 1973 marked the culmination of an extraordinary journey, her influence remained undiminished. Her artistry laid the foundation for the Brazilian modernist movement and left an indelible imprint on the course of art in Brazil and beyond. Her works, celebrated for their vibrant colors, bold forms, and profound cultural resonance, persist in captivating audiences, embodying a vision of art as a dynamic expression of identity and the human experience.

Public Collections

Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (PESP), Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (MNBA-RJ), Museu de Arte Latino-Americana de Buenos Aires (Malba), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Museu de Arte Moderna do Río de Janeiro (MAM), Museu Paulista Da Usp, Casa Guilherme de Almeida Museu do Ipiranga, Museu de Valores, Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães, Centro Cultural São Paulo, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, The Ema Klabin Home Museum
and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM).


Auction Sales

Tarsila Do Amaral
Abaporu, 1928

85 x 73 cm

Christie’s New York NY, United States.
Important Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture and the Crown of the Andes
20 nov 1995
Lot # 40

Hammer price: $ 1,300,000 USD
Buyer’s premium: $1.365.000 USD


Private Sale

Tarsila Do Amaral
A lua,  1928

Oil on canvas
110 cm x 110 cm

Purchased by Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

Sales price: $ 20.000,000 USD


Auction Record

Tarsila Do Amaral
, 1923

Oil on canvas
64 cm x 81 cm

Bolsa de Arte São Paulo Brazil
17 dez 2020
Lot # 001

Hammer price: $10.267.000 USD
Buyer’s premium: $10.780.350 USD

Other works

61 cm x
50 cm
Latest price

$USD 1300000

85 cm x
72 cm
Latest price

$USD 12000000

64 cm x
81 cm


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