Some years ago I came across a portrait painted by the Portuguese artist Sousa Lopes that really impressed me - The Blue blouse, and this is what has led me onto venturing out to Museu do Chiado on a greyish and rainy day to finally be able to see a temporary exhibition on the ensemble of his oeuvres.
Adriano de Sousa Lopes is known to have been a notable painter and one of the very few Portuguese artists to have experimented an impressionist type of approach in the numerable episodes of Portuguese history, the maritime and rural daily routines aa well as the reality and myths he dipicted in his canvases.
Having been the only offical artist pertaining to the Portuguese expeditionary Corps during the great world War some of his sketches and paintings provided a rather moving documentary of what happened in the trenches of Flanders, that wouldn't have otherwise been unveiled but in written form.
I was particularly impressed by the portraits, especially the ones of his wife, Margerite Gros, as well as the war picutres and those dedicated to the sea life and landscapes.
The lovers' alley (oil on canvas study) - 1908 (left). The Undines (Heine) - 1908 oil on canvas (right).
A 1909 oil on canvas Portrait of Mrs Hermine Landry (left). Portrait (pearls and violets) - oil on canvas -1909 (right).
Daffodils - 1909 oil on canvas (left). The effect of light - 1914 oil on canvas (right).
The blue blouse - 1927 oil on canvas
Portrait of Mrs Sousa Lopes - 1927 oil on canvas (left). Malicious expression - 1920 carcoal on paper (right).
Homesick - 1917 watercolour on paper (left). Surrender (study) - 1918 oil on canvas (left).
Soldiers at Fauquissart - 1918 charcoal on paper.
Sails - 1927 oil on canvas (left).
Sea landscape - 1924-30 oil on canvas (left). Sea effect - 1922-26 oil on wood (right).
Algerian patio - 1925 oil on wood.
Definitely a worthwhile exhibition ...