Category: Fine Arts

In order to present Fine Arts History in Argentina from its origins to the present day, we have to make a segmentation which enables us to offer, if not a complete knowledge, at least the most relevant landmarks.
On this occasion, we decided to focus on painting and leave the discussion of sculpture for a next opportunity.
This summary will be divided into four large spans: Pre-Hispanic Period, Colonial Period, 19th century to the 1920s, From 1920s to the present day. From one period to the other, there were sudden leaps which were closely related to major political, economic and cultural changes occurring in the country. Every thing here, in El Sur del Sur: Argentina: The country, its culture and its people.

Mujeres Indolentes Alfredo Guttero

Argentine Painting since 1920

Updated April 12, 2019 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. Article of the guest columnist, María Teresa Constantín for From different formal and ideological angles -the artists returning to the country knew the language of European avant-garde-, the dominant taste and...

La Porteña en el Templo. Detalle. Pintura Raimundo Monvoisin

Argentine Painting from Independence to the 1920

Updated April 8, 2019Argentine 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. Article of the guest columnist, María Teresa Constantín for A numerous group of foreign artists visited Argentina, living here for some time or settling down on a permanent basis;...

Fiesta de los mocovíes, Detalle, Florián Paucke

Colonial Period Argentine Fine Arts’ History

Updated April 12, 2019 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. Article of the guest columnist, María Teresa Constantín for 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,...

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

Pre-Hispanic Period Argentine Fine Arts’ History

Updated April 8, 2019 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. Article of the guest columnist, María Teresa Constantín for 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...

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