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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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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:17:15 -0700

The astronauts and cosmonauts imagined by Argentine Raquel Forner, Mexican Rufino Tamayo, and Paraguayan Carlos Colombino, for example, are not uniformed and helmeted figures in white but strange creatures mutated into a subtly colorful variety of ...


Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:56:15 -0700

Entre ellos, Sívori, Lino Enea Spilimbergo, Horacio Butler, Raquel Forner, Pablo Curatella Manes y Antonio Berni. Hasta el 1 de noviembre se puede ver la exposición temporaria “El grupo de París”, sobre la actividad de referentes del arte argentino en ...

Diario Z

Diario Z
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:19:28 -0700

Pero también con la obra de Raquel Forner, Juan Del Prete y Antonio Berni, “los trituradores de estilo”, suerte de padrinos estéticos de los más jóvenes, que supieron atravesar, con sus obras, múltiples rupturas y mantenerse a la cabeza de las ...


Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:17:12 -0700

... Το MAMBA www.museos.buenosaires.gob.ar/mam.htm άνοιξε στις 11 Απριλίου του 1956, και στις συλλογές του περιλαμβάνονται περισσότερα από 6.000 εκθέματα, ενώ φιλοξενούνται έργα των δημιουργών Raquel Forner, Josef Albers, Romulo Maccio κ.ά.

La Razón (Argentina)

La Razón (Argentina)
Thu, 21 May 2015 05:11:15 -0700

En las Salas Federales del Consejo Federal de Inversiones (CFI) -San Martín 857- se encuentra abierta al público, en el horario de 12 a 19 hasta el 29 de mayo y con entrada libre y gratuita- la muestra “Raquel Forner / Alfredo Bigatti – Obra Gráfica”.
LA NACION (Argentina)
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:12:51 -0700

... del lugar, con pubs y restaurantes. En 1983 se inauguró La Dama de Bollini, en Bollini 2281, un refugio de intelectuales como Jorge Luis Borges, Guillermo Roux, Raquel Forner y Pérez Celis, que le dieron prestigio a exposiciones de arte organizadas ...


Thu, 01 Oct 2015 02:04:27 -0700

Στις συλλογές του μουσείου περιλαμβάνονται περισσότερα από 6.000 εκθέματα - φιλοξενούνται έργα των δημιουργών Raquel Forner, Josef Albers, Romulo Maccio κ.ά. Το μουσείο είχε κλείσει προσωρινά το 2005 για ανακαίνιση και άνοιξε ξανά για το κοινό μετά ...

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 ...

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