The second half of the 1970s witnessed a return to portraiture, particularly from the time of Escada’s stay at the Sanatório do Caramulo in 1977 and 1978. They are portraits of dogs, friends, and young men, in a moment that is gradually sealed in an internal universe, intimate and biographical, a closure that brings the sheet of paper with it as sleeping, doubled, cramped bodies are enclosed on it. It is a world that tended to be familiar: the Alto de Santo Amaro neighbourhood in Lisbon, his mother’s house, his bedroom-studio, (from) his window. A window that, in 1974, placed a green curtain over the spectacle of the world and would gradually open not outwards, but into the interior space of the bedroom-studio.
[fcg_custom_gallery order_1=”1″ image_1=”159391″ title_1=”José Escada (1934-1980)” description_1=”From my window or The green curtain, 1974
Oil on canvas
100 x 120.5 cm
Private collection” order_2=”2″ image_2=”159381″ title_2=”José Escada (1934-1980)” description_2=”Self portrait, 10-11- 1972
Oil on canvas
55 x 38 cm
CGM-MC, inv. 82P629″ link_2=”https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/i-do-not-evolve-i-travel/from-my-window/self-portrait/” order_3=”3″ image_3=”159385″ title_3=”José Escada (1934-1980)” description_3=”Untitled, undated
Oil on platex
38 x 55 cm
CGM-MC, inv. 83P1013″ link_3=”https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/from-my-window/untitled-undated/” order_4=”4″ image_4=”159393″ title_4=”José Escada (1934-1980)” description_4=”The studio, 1979
Oil on canvas,
80 x 40 cm
Private collection” link_4=”https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/i-do-not-evolve-i-travel/from-my-window/the-studio-1979/” order_5=”5″ image_5=”159383″ title_5=”José Escada (1934-1980)” description_5=”Portrait of Mário Cesariny, 1972
Oil on canvas
72.5 x 47 cm
CGM-MC, inv. 81P1007″ link_5=”https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/i-do-not-evolve-i-travel/from-my-window/portrait-of-mario-cesariny/” order_6=”6″ image_6=”159387″ title_6=”José Escada (1934-1980)” description_6=”Sleeping Strof, 1977
Graphite and acrylic paint on paper
28.1 x 21.5 cm
CGM-MC, inv. DP1065″ link_6=”https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/from-my-window/sleeping-strof/”]
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