11915 - Sigaud, painter worker

The Brazilian artist Eugênio de Proença Sigaud (Born at Itaperuna, Rio de Janeiro, 1899 – deceased at Rio de Janeiro, RJ 1979) produced during his lifetime more that 4 thousand drawings, murals and paintings, as well as built works (buildings and architectural studies). Also, his political participation into contemporary debates (articles and interviews for newspapers) and his leftist inclinations defined his public figure. Painter, engraver, illustrator, engineer and architect and professor, Sigaud was known among his fellow painters as “the painter of workers”, as his main theme was labour and workers on construction sites. His wild defense of mural paintings, as in the article “Por que É Esquecida entre Nós a Pintura Mural?” (Why is mural painting forgotten among us?)” allow us to understand his work as industrial landscape together with social criticism. Such political, architectural and artistic high stands must be understood as part of his complex work. Member of the Bernardelli Group (together with Quirino Campofiorito, Milton Dacosta, Joaquim Tenreiro and José Pancetti) and also of the Candido Portinari painters group, his multifaceted trajectory can be witnessed by his surviving works, some of them in museums, most of them frantically sold in auctions and nowadays in private collections. Intellectual and artistic trajectories developed as biographies imply studying life and work as partial and complex data, depending more on the searching process than on results.

Keywords: visual culture - industrial landscape - Eugenio Proença Sigaud - art and working class

Author: Meneguello, Cristina (University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, Brazil / Brasilien)


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