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Rene Portocarrero

(1912 -  1986 )
PORTOCARRERO Rene Mujer

Christie's /May 25, 2016
35,060.04 - 52,590.06
24,103.75

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Rene Portocarrero - Santa Barbara

Rene Portocarrero - Santa Barbara

Original 1963
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Lot number: 855
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Rene Portocarrero (Cuban, 1912-1985) "Santa Barbara", 1963 oil on academy board signed and dated lower right. Framed. 19-1/4" x 9-1/2" Provenance: Private collection, Florida. Notes: "The religious work of Portocarrero has an enriching element in its paradoxical character, with angels with atrophied wings that will make the celestial flight difficult, but not impossible" --Ramon y Sergio Cernuda Rene Portocarrero, one of the most important Cuban artists of the 20th century, advocated a national art that drew its inspiration from its Afro-Cuban roots. A native of Havana, Portocarrero was a prodigious autodidactic; he was a painter, sculptor, ceramicist, scene designer, muralist and illustrator, whose scope and range of art in the Caribbean rivals that of Pablo Picasso in Europe. He exhibited throughout the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe, making close acquaintances with Fidel Castro and Peggy Guggenheim. He produced copious public works for Cuban prisons, hospitals and theaters. His commitment to improving lives through communal art was recognized by the Bulgarian and Polish Governments, as well as earning him many prestigious honors, including a seat on UNESCO's International Association of Fine Art, the "Felix Varela" prize from Cuba, and the "Aztec Eagle" - Mexico's highest award. Portocarrero's works are conserved worldwide in leading institutions and museums, including paintings of Santa Barbara that resemble the one offered here. Santa Barbara was a saint/spirit that Portocarrero visited numerous times. Her feast day, December 4, is one of the most important festival days in Cuba, as it is also shared with Chango, the Yorubian Lord of Fire and Lightening, a semi-divine intermediary between God and human beings. In the 16th century, when the Spanish shipped enslaved Yorubians and Nigerians from West Africa to the new world, they were forced, among other indignities, to convert to Catholicism. From indentured labor and faith, the indigenous spirits (orichas) became syncretized with the saints, allowing various West African tribes to preserve elements of their cultural beliefs in a hostile environment. Spanish Colonial planters mistakenly characterized the worship of indigenous gods under the guise of saints as "Santeria" - a deviant form of prayer that privileges idolatries of saints over that of Christ. Following the Cuban Revolution, Santeria was revitalized as a recognized religion of Cuba and spread beyond the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Santa Barbara was widely revered. Her life of suffering and perseverance became a metaphor for enslaved personages. Incarcerated in a tower for having converted to Christianity, she remained true to her faith through trials of torture in which her own father tried to burn her at the stake, and was struck down by lightning when that failed. As the patron saint of artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives, she embodied revolution and empowerment. In Santeria, Chango the powerful male spirit of lightning, thunder, war and dance, depicted in red and white with a crown, is assimilated with the female saint, becoming a symbol of fertility and rebirth. In this work Portocarrero celebrates the Santa Barbara of Santeria creating a spiritual carnality that beats to the drum of a multicultural Cuba - that a Cuban critic succinctly summarized: "His pen and brush will give us virgins and Santa Barbara, Christ and cathedrals of a baroque vocabulary that is tropical and joyful, where even tragic themes like crucifixions become joyful, with butterflies announcing their resurrection and female angels that delight with their [voluptuous] curves." References: Sergio Cernuda, Ramon y. "Rene Portocarrero: lo spiritual en su obra." Cubancuentro. August 14, 2014. Web. September 21, 2017; Bondil, Nathalie. Cuba: Art and History from 1868 to Today. Montreal: Museum of Fine Arts, 2008.
Rene Portocarrero - Paisaje

Rene Portocarrero - Paisaje

Original 1944
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Lot number: 84
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. GUILLERMO PEREZ-MESA René Portocarrero (1912-1986) signed, titled and dated 1944 on the reverse oil on board 40 3/4 by 33 7/8 in. 104 by 86 cm Authentication We wish to thank the Fundación Arte Cubano for their kind assistance in the cataloguing of this work. Provenance Galería Sudamericana, New York Private Collection, North America Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Modern and Colonial Latin American Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Prints, May 7, 1980, lot 31, illustrated Acquired from the above
Rene Portocarrero - Three Ladies In An Interior

Rene Portocarrero - Three Ladies In An Interior

Original 1943
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Lot number: 5
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FAAM-René PORTOCARRERO (Cuban, 1912-1985) Three ladies in an interior, 1943 Pencil and ink on paper Signed and dated lower right and labeled on the reverse 14 x 9.8 in. - 35.5 x 25 cm. Provenance: Tajan, Paris, October 05, 2004, [Lot 287] Tribute to Julien Levy (Sale No.4481) Literature: Lent by the artist to The San Francisco Museum of Art for the Rene Portocarrero exhibition, 4/1/45, piece n. 1253.45
Rene Portocarrero - Mujer

Rene Portocarrero - Mujer

Original 1957
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Lot number: 74
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René Portocarrero (1912-1985) Mujer signed and dated 'PORTOCARRERO 57' (lower left and again on the reverse) oil on canvas 30 x 15 7/8 in. (76.2 x 40.2 cm.) Painted in 1957. Provenance Jack and Suzanne Froggatt collection, Rancho Mirage, California (acquired directly from the artist in Havana in the late 1950s).
Rene Portocarrero - Mujer Con Sombrero

Rene Portocarrero - Mujer Con Sombrero

Original 1959
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Lot number: 85
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Lot Description René Portocarrero (1912-1986) Mujer con sombrero signed and dated 'PORTOCARRERO, 59' (lower left) oil on canvas 30 7/8 x 17 3/4 in. (78.5 x 45 cm.) Painted in 1959. Provenance Dr. Angelo Baron, Mexico. Collection of Mrs. Vera Da Costa Autrey, Sotheby's, New York, 17 November 2010, lot 190 (illustrated in color). Acquired from the above by the present owner. Pre-Lot Text PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN COLLECTION View Lot Notes >
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