On 29 April, the Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar opens the exhibition Júlio Pomar: Pintura de Histórias, curated by Alexandre Pomar and Sara Antónia Matos.
In around 1982-85, a new chapter began in Júlio Pomar’s work, in which literary themes became even more prominent and figures from classical mythology appeared, with series devoted to Adam and Eve, Diana and Actaeon, Salome, Ulysses and the Sirens, etc.
In this late period in Pomar’s career, the artist returned to painting large-scale works with free gestural strokes, in which we see humour, critical intention and narrative and pictorial invention.
Approaching the ancient myths, Pomar re-established a connection with historical painting and created an original and powerful Painting of Stories. Some of these themes were new and others were long-standing, such as Don Quixote or the ‘Wise Animals,’ which are present in the exhibition in works from his final decades of activity.
For this exhibition, the CAM loaned the works D. Quixote e os Carneiros (Don Quixote and the Rams) and Scène Primitive/Primitive Scene.