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Raquel Forner (April 22, 1902 – June 10, 1988) was an Argentine painter known for her expressionist works.

Life[edit]

Forner was born in Buenos Aires in 1902.[1][2] Her father was Spanish by nationality and her mother was an Argentine of Spanish descent.[1] As a result of frequent family travel to Europe Forner spent part of her childhood in Spain, and later developed an artistic interest in the Spanish Civil War.[1]

Forner completed studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts (today part of the National University Art Institute) in Buenos Aires in 1923.[3] A year before graduation she received an appointment to teach drawing at the same academy.[1] In 1924 she received a third place award from the Argentine National Salon of Fine arts, and in 1928 she had her first solo exhibition in Buenos Aires.[1] Afterward she relocated to Paris and studied with Othon Friesz.[3]

In 1936 she married Argentine sculptor Alfredo Bigatti.

Artistic themes[edit]

Forner's work demonstrated an interest in current events, and from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 this took a dramatic and tragic tone.[3] She borrowed ideas from surrealism during the 1940s, adapting its esthetic of distortion without seeking to reproduce a dream state.[1] In 1942 she took first place at the Argentine National Salon competition.[1] During the 1940s through most of the 1950s she produced several series on similar tragic themes in a primarily expressionist mode.[3] Forner often portrayed strong female figures, but not as specific explorations into gender norms.[1]

Beginning in 1957, coinciding with the space race, Forner's attention turned to imagined scenes of interplanetary travel.[1][3] With her Space Series, which exhibited in Europe and earned recognition, she became one of the earliest fine artists to portray scenes of outer space.[1] This period is characterized by a more vibrant use of color and a personal cosmic mythology of her own creation.[3] Forner's artistic portrayals of space travel continued until the 1970s.[2] The United States National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. has several examples of her late period work in its collection.[2]

Her work was exhibited widely throughout Argentina, and she was given two Konex Awards (the highest in the Argentine cultural realm) in 1982. Forner died in Buenos Aires in 1988. That year, the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art organized a retrospective in her honor.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kristin G. Congdon and Kara Kelley Hallmark (2002). Artists from Latin American Cultures: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. pp. 78–80. ISBN 978-0-313-31544-2. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^ a b c David William Foster, Melissa Fitch Lockhart, Darrell B. Lockhart (199). Culture and customs of Argentina. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 150–151. ISBN 978-0-313-30319-7. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Jane Turner, ed. (2000). Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Art. Macmillan Reference Limited. p. 278. 
  4. ^ Fundación Konex: Raquel Forner (Spanish)

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Bowdoin News

Bowdoin News
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:18:45 -0800

Exhibition charts artistic production from North, Central, and South America during the Cold War Era, featuring works by Raquel Forner, Gyula Kosice, Roberto Matta, and Robert Smithson, among others. " Astronauta y testigos, televisados," 1971, oil on ...
 
Fine Books & Collections Magazine (blog)
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:13:23 -0800

Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas shows 60 artworks in a range of media and style that display the interconnectedness of the artistic process, such as Raquel Forner's “Astronauta y testigos, televisados ...
 
ElLitoral.com
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:56:15 -0700

1902: Nace en Buenos Aires, Raquel Forner, pintora y escultora. Perteneció al grupo “Florida”. Cursó sus estudios en la Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Artes. De 1929 a 1931 se perfeccionó en París. En 1936 se casó con el escultor Alfredo ...
 
Notimex (Suscripción)
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:11:15 -0700

Además de obras de Raúl Soldi, que engalana la muestra, se incluye piezas de otros renombrados pintores argentinos, como: Benito Quinquela Martín (1890-1977), Antonio Berni (1905-1981), Demetrio Urruchúa (1902- 1978), Raquel Forner (1902- 1988) y ...

Mendoza Opina

Mendoza Opina
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:33:45 -0700

En la muestra están presentes referentes de la plástica nacional como Benito Quinquela Martín, Raúl Soldi, Emilio Centurión, Antonio Berni, Demetrio Urruchúa, Juan Carlos Castagnino, Raquel Forner, Juan del Prete, Luis Tessandori y Carlos Alonso, entre ...

JornadaOnline

JornadaOnline
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:03:28 -0700

En la muestra están presentes referentes de la plástica nacional como Benito Quinquela Martín, Raúl Soldi, Emilio Centurión, Antonio Berni, Demetrio Urruchúa, Juan Carlos Castagnino, Raquel Forner, Juan del Prete, Luis Tessandori y Carlos Alonso, entre ...

La Tribu Noticias

La Tribu Noticias
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 14:32:06 -0800

Contó con obras de Adolfo Bellocq, Demócrito II (José María Cao), Abraham Vigo, estampas anónimas, Pompeyo Audivert, Berni, Alfredo Bigatti, Guillermo Cochet, Guillermo Facio Hebequer, Raquel Forner, Leónidas Gambartes, Clement Moreau, María ...

Necochea Total

Necochea Total
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:03:45 -0700

De esta manera, acompañarán día a día el itinerario de las paseantes figuras de la talla de Antonio Berni, Ricardo Carpani, Emilio Pettoruti, Xul Solar, Raquel Forner y Leónidas Gambartes entre otros, incorporando sus obras a los muros, las casetas de ...
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