(Brazilian, 20th Century)
São João de Batista, 1968
Tempera on canvas
36 x 28-1/2 inches (91.4 x 72.4 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Januário / Rio 68
Acquired by the present owner in December 1968.
Galeria Bonino, Buenos Aires, Fall 1968.
Born in a small Brazilian village, primitive painter Sebastião Januário worked as a farm hand until the age of sixteen, when he moved to Rio de Janeiro and joined the Air Force, determined to save money for painting. Here, he met a colonel who became his patron and funded him to study art in Paris. Fellow painters Di Cavalcanti and Antonio Bandeira also helped promote Januário in Brazil. He is best known for his stylized, primary-colored scenes of native life, which recall stained glass windows.
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.
Overall very good condition: frame abrasion around borders; paint chip in lower right quadrant; slight craquelure throughout.
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