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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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... una témpera sobre papel denominada "Mañana en Venecia", de Aquiles Badi; y dos óleos sobre tela denominados "Pensativa" de Horacio Butler, y "Pasan" de Raquel Forner. Cabe decir que hay una más de Juan Carlos Castagnino, "Peón de Chacra", ...

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El piso 2, Transición, exhibe una puesta in progress de obras por Marta Minujin, Raquel Forner y muchos autores más, resultado de una improvisación con las áreas de montaje, conservación y colección: la curaduría como collage Dadá o hip hop.

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Incluye obras de Antonio Berni, Lino Enea Spilimbergo, Raquel Forner, Ramón Gómez Cornet y documentación de época. “Anacronismos” se montará en la Sala Patrimonial. En esta muestra, artistas de la misma generación se confrontan de a pares en un ...

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Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:41:15 -0800

Raquel Forner fue una testigo privilegiada de gran parte del siglo XX. Nacida en 1902, estudió dibujo en la Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes y egresó en 1922, década muy importante en la renovación de las artes en Buenos Aires. En ese entonces ...

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