• 1994
  • Paper
  • Mixed media
  • Inv. 96DP1639

Julião Sarmento

Febre (16) [Fever (16)]

Edition Staatsgalerie Modern Kunst, München.



The drawing Fever relates to the series known as “White Paintings” that Julião Sarmento developed throughout the 1990’s. As in other Works from this series, the tracing appears unfinished. It does not describe shapes; it suggests situations, with na extraordinary restraint of means. The lines are organised as if barely touching the paper’s white surface, minimal elements of visual information, fragments of a scene recorded by the arttists’smemory. The bodies, guessed at rather than observed, possess no concrete substance. Space is undefined, without qualifying coordinates or objects. The framing merely renders the detail of an apparent movement of two protagonists apparent: a faceless one that we discover in the foreground thanks to the gesture of the hands held together by their fingertips. That figure – also identified by the curve that vaguely suggests the line of a shoulder – appears to be separated, in an ambiguous attitude that may suggested a distanced thoughtfulness or a meditative retreat. On the right, a second figure: with partially hidden facial features, of which we recognize the half-closed eyes. This last (feminine) figure appears to kiss or hold the shoulder of the first (male?) figure. The remaining actions is hidden away from the viewer’s eye, but the suggestion brought forth by the unfinished aspect of the image is that of affective tension or mismatch, a divergence or distancing, as if human relations ended up shipwrecked in the white sickness of solitude.



November 2011



TextJulião Sarmento
DateApril 1996
Desenhos do Corpo / Drawings of the Body
Lisbon, CAMJAP/FCG, 1995

Exhibition catalogue


Linhas de Sombra / Lines of Shadow
Lisbon, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Centro de Arte Moderna, 1999

Exhibition catalogue


Arte Portugués desde 1960 en la Colección del Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão
Corunha, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, 1998

Exhibition catalogue


Graphik Portfolio Zugunsten der Pinakothek der Moderne
Munique, Stiftung Pinakothek der Moderne / Galerie Bernd Klüser / Sabine Knust, 1997

Exhibition catalogue

Desenhos do Corpo / Drawings of the Body
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Organization and selection of works: Alice Costa Guerra, Paulo Henriques and Rui Sanches.
10 October 1995 to 28 January 1996
Gallery on Level 1 of the CAMJAP Museum
22 July to 24 September 1995
José Malhoa Museum, Caldas da Rainha,



Linhas de Sombra / Lines of Shadow
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Curator: João Miguel Fernandes and Maria Helena de Freitas, programmed by Jorge Molder e Rui Sanches.

29 January to 18 April 1999
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon


Arte Portugués desde 1960 en la Colección del Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão
Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza
Curator: Jorge Molder
4 June to 15 September 1998
Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Corunha
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