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


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]


  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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lanacion.com (Argentina)
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:15:00 -0700

Obra: Astromater (óleo s/ tela - 100 x 72 cm), de Raquel Forner (1961)Base: $ 350.000En los años 60 se empezó a hablar del mundo fantástico, de otros seres y, en la pintura, la artista hizo punta con obras como ésta, de los "astroseres", la serie más ...
lanacion.com (Argentina)
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:15:00 -0700

Curada por Rodrigo Alonso, tiene como concepto central un espíritu borgeano en el que encastran obras de artistas como Edgardo Giménez, Xul Solar, Liliana Porter, Raquel Forner, Dolores Avendaño, Leandro Erlich, Eduardo Basualdo y Marcos López.
lanacion.com (Argentina)
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:06:14 -0700

Asimismo, se destacan Paisajes, de la serie Retrovisores, de Diana Dowek; los cielos abovedados del creativo Juan Doffo; trabajos del rioplatense Pedro Figari, de la naturalista y expresionista Raquel Forner, de Líbero Badii, de Gustavo López Armentía ...

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:05:39 -0700

Entre los numerosos objetos que podés encontrar este año en la Feria de FAI, se destacan cuadros de distintos formatos de Raquel Forner, de Ramón Durán, de Iramain, de Lobo de la Vega (entre otros ), soperas de plata tipo colonial, un imponente reloj ...

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