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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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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”.

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Télam
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 11:22:30 -0700

... los visitantes podrán recorrer el Paseo Cultural a Cielo Abierto, del 20 al 26, donde artistas locales realizarán obras de murales que serán colocados en vidrieras de negocios que permanecen cerrados durante el invierno, bajo la temática “Raquel ...

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:22:30 -0700

Werther, por varios disertantes, a las 19, en Mario Bravo 1050. 15-3214-1417. Raquel Forner y Alfredo Bigatti, por Natalia March, a las 10, en Av. F. Alcorta 2280. 4804-9290. Cavalleria Rusticana y Pagliacci, por Jaime Botana Escudero, a las 18, en ...
 
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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:45:41 -0700

Nuevamente, “Raquel Forner” y su vínculo con Miramar”, será la guía de las obras como homenaje a esta reconocida pintora y escultora argentina de trascendencia internacional. Más en Sociedad « Miramar: 11° Festival Internacional de Teatro de Títeres.

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Hostnews Traveller
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:41:15 -0700

Artistas locales realizarán obras de murales que serán colocados en vidrieras de negocios que permanecen cerrados durante el invierno. La temática seguirá siendo “Raquel Forner y su relación con Miramar”. Se podrá visitar además, como todo el año, ...

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:11:15 -0700

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

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