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Two Futurists Fallen into Oblivion: José Pacheco and Santa Rita Pintor

Marisa das Neves Henriques
Published Online: 2013-05-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/futur.2013.3.1.416


This chapter focusses on two Portuguese artists, Jose Pacheco and Santa Rita Pintor, who, as an architect and a painter, respectively, attempted to make a Futurist synthesis of the arts come true. Inspired by Marinetti’s provocative actions and publications and the latest trends in European art and literature, yet with one leg still rooted in the Symbolist tradition, both artists became the fragile conscience of a group of Portuguese Futurists who, as major and secondary figures, embraced Marinetti’s aesthetic and political programme in a more occasional than systematic manner. Futurism had immediate repercussions in the arts and literature of a country better known for its shadows of the past and its sleepy provincial towns. In Portugal, the Futurist manifestos received manifold responses and found only a limited number of dedicated followers. Santa Rita, a declared Futurist, saw it as his mission to advance the Marinettian avant-garde aesthetic, but his life was too short to generate an adequate body of theoretical reflections. Jose Pacheco, on the other hand, was not a Futurist, but he shared briefly that inter-artistic phenomenon with convinced apologists of the movement.

Keywords: : Portugal futurista; Orpheu; Contemporânea; Portuguese modernism; poetry; architecture; theatre

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Published Online: 2013-05-22

Published in Print: 2013-05-01

Citation Information: International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 416–444, ISSN (Online) 2192-029X, ISSN (Print) 2192-0281, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/futur.2013.3.1.416.

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