Curators: Isabel Lopes Cardoso and José Pedro Cavalheiro
The approximately 200 drawings by Emmerico Hartwich Nunes (1888-1968) in this exhibition highlight the unique nature of a body of work which cannot be contained within the standard dual reading (academics versus modernists) imposed by a particular strand of historiography until now.
Encompassing his finest period of graphic production (from 1910-1920), the exhibition also includes an important group of drawings from the 1920s. Though these drawings were also destined for the German magazine Meggendorfer Blätter (1888-1944), with whom Emmerico Nunes had signed an exclusive contract in 1911, the majority of them were produced in Portugal, to where the artist returned in 1918.
The idea of the path is extremely important in the work of this Luso-German draughtsman and illustrator and this exhibition is specifically designed to enable such a perspective. Divided into ten thematic sections which reveal the influences and obstacles that determined the evolution of a career marked by the artist's dual heritage and by his constant migration between various countries (France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain), the exhibition emphasises Nunes' exploration of what appears to be a third possibility, that of a style specific to his graphic art, beyond academic, naturalist or modernist registers.