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Ilda Reis

Tempo de Vida IV, de Ilda Reis

Title: IV Lifetime

Technique: Engraving

Dimensions: 75  x 56 cm

Year: 1971

Edition: 100 signed and numbered copies

Reference: IR0001

PVP: 450 €


Abstract composition in which three graphic, non-figurative elements stand out and a high number of elements similar to small stones and slabs. The background of the work is brown, streaked with tight horizontal lines. 
Centralized, in the upper half of the engraving, is a red circular element seen from above. Its entire surface is fissured, and in the worn center you can see embedded rounded bumps. Around it is a large group of small pebble-like elements of different shapes, in brown gradients, as well as a floor covered with slabs made up of small stones, also in dark brown.
The lower half of the engraving is completely occupied by two elements with irregular, non-geometric contours. The smaller one is superimposed on the larger one. It still has an ocher base and is infested with cracks. The rounded brown slabs that constitute it are concentrated along the contours.
The larger element overflows the area of the smaller element. The base is gray and on it proliferate small randomly placed slabs, lightened in grey. 

About Ilda Reis

Born and died in Lisbon. She was a Portuguese plastic artist who, during three decades of creative production, dedicated herself exclusively to printmaking. She was married, from 1944 to 1970, to the writer José Saramago.

Her artistic path began at the António Arroio School of Decorative Arts, which she interrupted to focus solely on her professional career as a typist for Caminhos de Ferro until 1965. In that year, at the age of 42, the artist “abandoned secure employment” and returns to the world of the arts and his artistic studies by enrolling in a painting and drawing course at the National Society of Fine Arts. He studied engraving and serigraphy at Gravura – Sociedade Cooperativa de Gravadores Portugueses, a space where Júlio Pomar, Manuela Pinheiro, Alice Jorge and Sérgio Pombo passed and where he guided some courses. She was a member of the direction of «Gravura» in 1971/72 and of the Technical Council in 1972/73, and a grantee from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1971/72 and 1979/80.

He held several individual and group exhibitions and received several awards, among which the following stand out: in 1972, Gold Medal, at the III International Print Biennale, Florence; in 1987, 1st. Prize, at the 1st Art Biennial, Grupo Dramatico Povoense; in 1988, Prize Yugoslavia, Grand Prix Européen des Arts et des Lettres, Nice; in 1990, Honorable Mention, IV Small Format Exhibition, Viragem, Cascais and in 1994, Edition Prize, IV Bienal de Gravura da Amadora.  It is represented at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, at the State Secretariat for Culture / Casa de Serralves, at the Setúbal Museum, at the Banco de Fomento Nacional, at the City Museum, and also in some foreign museums and collections private. It was published several times by “Gravura” (Lisbon), by Galeria Triângulo (Algés), by Galeria Espiral and by the Centro Português de Serigrafia (Lisbon).

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