Anita Catarina Malfatti is heralded as the first Brazilian artist to introduce European and American forms of Modernism to Brazil.
19 Facts About Anita Malfatti
Anita Malfatti's studies began in Mackenzie College in Sao Paulo, but the limited world of art in Brazil was not enough to satiate her curious mind and so she left for Berlin in 1912.
Hence, when Anita Malfatti went to Germany and studied with important artists Fritz Burger-Muhlfeld, Lovis Corinth and Ernst Bischoff-Culm her influences and creative exposure were inflated.
Homer Boss was included in the show and Anita Malfatti went to study with him in New York in 1915.
Anita Malfatti stressed the idea of understanding the muscular body which helped Malfatti to hone her own technique.
New York was central in celebrating Cubism and Anita Malfatti was an exceptional student within the Independent School of Art.
Anita Malfatti had her own solo exhibition, Exposicao de Pintura Moderna in Sao Paulo, Brazil from December 12,1917, to January 11,1918.
One of the reasons why Anita Malfatti became such a scandal was because her art was displayed as a one-person show.
Yet another reason that Anita Malfatti's exposition was viewed with such distaste lies in the fact that she was a woman.
Anita Malfatti's art was not seen in correlation to proper feminine etiquette of the era.
Anita Malfatti was criticized by critic Monteiro Lobato for having an inauthentic Brazilian spirit.
Anita Malfatti was a member of the Group of Five modern artists, but she is heralded more as the instigator of modernism rather than a propellant of the movement, as Tarsila do Amaral turned out to be.
The artists in the Group of Five beyond Anita Malfatti were Tarsila do Amaral, Mario de Andrade, Oswald de Andrade and Menotti Del Picchia.
Anita Malfatti's changing style can be well explained through a comparison of pieces throughout her career.
Anita Malfatti makes great use of primary colors, and she outlines her subject in black which clearly defines the shape of the chair and the woman, but which leaves the background indiscernible as to exactly what it is representing.
Not only is Anita Malfatti painting an underbelly representation of society, but she is doing so at a time when society was searching for a "Brazilian" style.
All of a sudden it becomes uncertain what Anita Malfatti is representing of Brazil.
Anita Malfatti's painting O Canal e a Ponta done in the 1940s is not nearly as stunning in style or character as The Idiot.
Anita Malfatti is thought to have been rather discouraged from her reception of her highly debated exposition and so it would make sense that she would try to please her audience.