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Mujeres Indolentes Alfredo Guttero

Argentine Painting since 1920

Article of the guest columnist, María Teresa Constantín for surdelsur.com Historiography of Argentine art coincides in naming Argentine Painting since 1920, as the period when the modernization of the Argentine pictorial language took place. Several events support this view: Emilio Pettoruti, the Paris Group and Alfredo Guttero returned from Paris. Xul Solar, the Artists of the People, the Boca Group and other individualities were active in this period. From different formal and ideological angles -the artists returning to the country knew the language of European avant-garde-, the dominant taste and its arbiters, the official...

La Porteña en el Templo. Detalle. Pintura Raimundo Monvoisin

Argentine Painting from Independence to the 1920

Article of the guest columnist, María Teresa Constantín for surdelsur.com Argentine Painting by foreign Painters The Argentine Painting from Independence to the 1920 is the period that initiates with the May Revolution. As from May Revolution -and under the influence of lines of thinking derived from French Revolution-, religious subjects, as mentioned for the colonial period, were less present; this time, pictorial activity mainly developed around portraits and scenes of customs. A numerous group of foreign artists visited Argentina, living here for some time or settling down on a permanent basis; they could capture...

Fiesta de los mocovíes, Detalle, Florián Paucke

Colonial Period Argentine Fine Arts’ History

Article of the guest columnist, María Teresa Constantín for surdelsur.com The feature characterizing works from Colonial Period Argentine Fine Arts’ History is, as Héctor Schenone states, “The predominance of religion… and the functionality attributed to art as a tool for persuading and conveying ideas” . Artists and craftsmen worked for the benefit of a community whose life was centered on the temple. Church itself was a manifestation of these values: facades-altarpieces were the link between men and the sacred space; within the building, altarpieces repeated this function and through them, colonial artists achieved remarkable...

Vaso zooantropomorfo. Alfarería Condorhuasi, Catamarca. Disco con cuatro rostros antropomorfos. Bronce, Catamarca.

Pre-Hispanic Period Argentine Fine Arts’ History

Article of the guest columnist, María Teresa Constantín for surdelsur.com In the Pre-Hispanic Period Argentine Fine Arts’ History, the most outstanding are the North-west cultures regarded as the ones which reached the highest degree of development before the Spaniards’ arrival. They engaged in agriculture and pottery, basing their economy on agriculture and knowing the techniques for the working of metals, ceramics and textiles. Settled mainly in the valleys of Catamarca and Salta, they had a sedentary life and gathered in groups keeping a considerable amount of population and a more complex organization than the peoples...

Salon Literario de Marcos Sastre Detalle

10 Emblematic Argentine Writers

Breve informe sobre los 10 escritores argentinos emblemáticos. Los 10 escritores argentinos de todos los tiempos, cuya obra fue un punto de inflexión en la historia de la literatura argentina; y las 10 obras más representativas que se inscriben como fundamentales en la literatura argentina. Esteban Echeverría (1805-1851) Su relato El Matadero es considerado el . Se publicó en 1876,  mas de veinte años después de su muerte, y anticipó la narrativa realista de nuestro país. Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888) Facundo, obra publicada en 1845, constituye el primer intento de abordar la realidad nacional. Su lenguaje serio y...

El Salón de Marcos Sastre. Óleo de Alberto M. Rossi. Detalle Colección Miguel Ángel Moretón

Argentine Literature History

Article of the guest columnist, Luis Ricardo Furlán for surdelsur.com From 1810 to 1879 Within the panorama of Latin American letters, the origin of Argentine literature lacks the American Indian features distinguishing, for instance, those of Mexico and Peru. The earliest records are chronicles of foreign travelers: Ulrico Schmidl (1510-1580) and Martín del Barco Centenera (1510-1580). and Ruy Díaz de Guzmán. Luis de Tejeda, a disciple of Góngora and St. Juan de la Cruz, is the first Argentine poet. First Chronicler and First Argentine Poet Ruy Diaz de Guzman (1558-1629) native of Asuncion, Paraguay, is considered...

Tres veces Ana

Argentine Cinema (1945-1995)

Article of the guest columnist,Paraná Sendrós for surdelsur.com Argentine cinema of ’50 Cinema arrived in Argentina soon after being launched in Paris and, in a short time, the first national productions started to be shot. Among other attractions, there were world-class pioneers in scientific and animation movies. But the true industry started only in 1933, with the establishment of sound film. The good times, when the Argentine movies were watched all over Hispanic-America, lasted until the early 1950s. Afterwards, the gradual closure of the big studios, the growth of television, the stagnation of...

Lamuchachada de a bordo

Argentine Cinema History (1896-1945)

Article of the guest columnist, Paraná Sendros for surdelsur.com The Silent Film Argentine cinema history begins with the first film exhibition with a motion picture of the Lumiére’s, that took place on July 18, 1896. In 1894 the kinetoscope had already made its arrival and, by early 1896, a kinetoscope concessionaire had tried public projections with a device of his own invention. In 1897, the import of French cameras started, and a Frenchman living in Argentina, Eugene Py, became the first filmmaker and cameraman with La bandera argentina (The Argentine Flag), a short movie. In...

El Lago de los Cisnes, Ballet

5 Emblematic figures of the Argentine Ballet

Brief review of the trajectory of the leading figures of the Argentine ballet: Jorge Donn, Norma Fontela and José Neglia, Julio Bocca, Maximiliano Guerra, dancers excellence in Argentina and the world. These emblematic figures of the Argentine Ballet, have in common to have left their mark on the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as part of Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon (Superior Art Institute of the Colón Theater) or leading figures in your scenario. Their names have been intimately linked to the history of classical dance in our country. Jorge Donn...

Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Fotografía Antigua

Teatro Colón Buenos Aires Opera House

Colon Theatre, of Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is one of the 5 best opera houses in the world. It is notable for its extraordinary acoustics, its size and its trajectory awarded for the performance of the most important national and international figures. First Teatro Colon On May, 25, 1957, the theater which was later known as “the first Colón Theater” was inaugurated. Placed in May Square, not only did the most notorious ballet figures dance in its stage but also became a meeting point for the distinguished Buenos Aires personalities of...

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