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Figuras com bandolim, coruja e gatos marks an interesting departure from Di Cavalcanti's prototypical imagery. A large-scale and delightfully accomplished interpretation of the Commedia dell'Arte, Figuras com bandolim, coruja e gatos evokes Picasso's Three Musicians of 1921, an icon of Synthetic Cubism and part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Like its predecessor, the present painting evokes three figures whose schematic appearance resembles that of magazine cut outs. Harmoniously rendered in chromatic and earthy tones of deep browns and celestial blues, their quasi-bodies disintegrate against the forceful outline imposed on their own angular shapes.
At the center, we recognize a mandolin, key protagonist of the composition. Tenderly carried by the largest figure, it quickly demands to be reconstructed and assimilated as a musical instrument. Above it, we encounter its owner's visage capriciously distorted into a self-reflective gaze. To its left, a curious blue owl securely perched on a figure's shoulder, meets the viewer with a frontal caricature stance. Here as in other Cubist works, we are asked to reconstruct both subject and space by comparing shapes and forms to determine what each one represents. Through this process, we the viewer participate in a private adventure to decode meaning. Painted in the early 1950s, Figuras com bandolim, coruja e gatos confirms di Cavalcanti's commitment for merging the carioca spirit, its people and traditions, into the avant garde aesthetic.
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