José Cardoso Junior

They Amuse Themselves

c.1935–40

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Artist
José Cardoso Junior 1861–1947
Original title
Elas se divertem
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 540 x 689 mm
frame: 618 x 768 x 52 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Lord Bossom 1945
Reference
N05580

Not on display

Catalogue entry

José B. Cardoso Junior 1861-1947

N05580 They amuse Themselves c.1935-40

Inscribed 'J.B. Cardoso Jer | pinxit' br.
Oil on canvas-grain paper, 21 1/4 x 27 1/8 (54 x 69)
Presented by Lord Bossom 1945
Prov: Presented by the artist to the British Government to be sold in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund; Lord Bossom, London
Exh: José B. Cardoso Junior, Society of Brazilian Artists, Rio de Janeiro, 1940 (no catalogue); Modern Brazilian Paintings, RA, London, November-December 1944 and British Council tour of British galleries, December-September 1945 (10)
Repr: Windmill, No.3, 1946, p.62

Another similar painting of naked or half-naked women bathing in the sea entitled 'Hours of Idleness' is reproduced in Jorge Romero Brest, La Pintura Brasileña Contemporanéa (Buenos Aires 1945), pl.20. Cardoso is said to have worked mainly from photographs and prints cut out of old magazines and scrapbooks.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.95-6, reproduced p.95

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