Fernando Lemos: Literary Illustrations

Fernando Lemos immigrated from Portugal to Brazil in 1953, establishing himself in São Paulo. He was already a photographer and a graphic illustrator upon his arrival. Thus, he began to collaborate with the newspaper O Estado de São Paulo, producing images that went together with literary works.

We have gathered original drawings by the artist illustrating poems and short stories published in that newspaper during the 1950’s. The literary works and their authors are mentioned in each piece. The geometrical elements are signs of modernity, because abstract art had just arrived in Brazil, and MAM was one of the institutions responsible for its promotion. Therefore, it is possible to revisit a moment of Brazilian culture when the graphic arts and literature kept a creative and powerful relationship.

Felipe Chaimovich


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Exhibition Fernando Lemos: Ilustrações Literárias

Date: start october 16
Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera (av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, gates 1 and 3)
Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm
+55 (11) 5085-1300
Free entry


Detail: Fernando Lemos, Sem título, s.d.