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Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso

1887 - 1918

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso was a Portuguese modern painter.

His early works, under the tutelage of the Spanish painter Anglada Camarasa, were stylistically close to impressionism. Around 1910, influenced both by cubism and by futurism, he became one of the first modern Portuguese painters. His style is aggressive and vivid both in form and colour and his works may seem random or chaotic in their compositional structure at first sight but are clearly defined and balanced. His more innovative paintings resemble collages and seem to pave the way to abstractionism or even dadaism.