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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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Clarín.com

Clarín.com
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:33:45 -0700

También los astroseres de Raquel Forner, el Eternauta y los paisajes astrales de Erica Bohm. La deriva ha sido especialmente orientada a fascinar al visitante con los cambios de escala que lo llevan de lo mínimo y misterioso a lo grandioso espectacular ...

El Universo

El Universo
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:05:50 -0700

Xul Solar, quien fue amigo cercano de Borges, abre la primera sala, dedicada a los universos espirituales y mágicos, que engloban tanto al laberíntico Muro, de Leandro Erlich, como a los “astroseres” mutantes de Raquel Forner. La segunda “nos sumerge ...

0223 Diario digital de Mar del Plata

0223 Diario digital de Mar del Plata
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:06:27 -0700

El sábado pasado se inauguró la muestra El museo de los mundo imaginarios, está integrada, entre otros, por obra de Xul Solar, Gyula Kosice, Raquel Forner, Dolores Avendaño, Grete Stern, Marcos López, Liliana Porter, Proyecto Biopus y una instalación ...

La Nación Costa Rica

La Nación Costa Rica
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:11:15 -0700

Xul Solar, quien fue amigo cercano de Borges abre la primera sala, dedicada a los universos espirituales y mágicos, que engloban tanto al laberíntico Muro de Leandro Erlich como a los astroseres mutantes de Raquel Forner. La segunda sala "nos sumerge ...
 
Clarín.com
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 03:41:15 -0700

Xul Solar, Edgardo Giménez, Libero Badii, Marcos López, Leandro Erlich, Carlos Trilnick, Gyula Kosice, Víctor Grippo, Raquel Forner, Res, Liliana Porter y Leónidas Gambartes, entre otros, conviven con prodigios de Hernán Soriano, Provisorio Permanente, ...
 
lanacion.com (Argentina)
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:37:30 -0700

Imaginación y creatividad dominan una propuesta que contiene piezas de figuras como Xul Solar, Liliana Porter, Raquel Forner, Dolores Avendaño, Leandro Erlich, Eduardo Basualdo y Marcos López, entre más de 40 artistas convocados por el Instituto ...
 
Terra Argentina
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:30:00 -0700

Formarán parte de la exposición obras de Xul Solar, Leonidas Gambartes, Raquel Forner, Francisco Solano López, Líbero Badii, RES, Leandro Erlich, Dolores Avendaño, Biopus, Liliana Porter, Víctor Grippo, Gyula Kosice, entre otros. Actividades para los ...

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:03:36 -0700

El Museo Mar (Av. Camet y López de Gomara) se renueva para las vacaciones de invierno. La muestra El museo de los mundo imaginarios inaugurará el sábado 19 y reunirá obra de Xul Solar, Gyula Kosice, personajes de Raquel Forner, dibujos de Dolores ...
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