Norah Borges

"A smaller, more perfect world"

Eamon McCarthy

Norah Borges

Eamon McCarthy

Distributed for University of Wales Press

288 pages | 16 color plates, 14 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Cloth $96.00 ISBN: 9781786836304 Published October 2020 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Norah Borges (1901-98) is the sister of the celebrated Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. She first began producing art in Switzerland, where her family were trapped during the First World War. She travelled to Spain and then back to her native Argentina, bringing with her new styles of painting. In the 1920s her work was published on the front covers of all the important cultural magazines of the time, but now she is largely forgotten. In her works she creates a world full of almost angelic figures. She described this space as a smaller, more perfect world and it is mostly a serene space that is dominated by women. This book explores the ways in which she created that space and developed her own unique style of painting. It studies all the connections she made with the best-known artists and writers around her and challenges viewers to look more closely at the ways in which she deploys specific images across her entire body of work.
Contents
Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
Introduction
Women in Norah’s works
Negotiating the cultural and artistic spheres
Criticism, exhibitions and shifting styles
Norah’s writings
Overview
Chapter 1 – A Style of One’s Own
Ultraísmo: Mallorca, Seville and Madrid
Una pintora ultraísta: Norah and Grecia
Collaborative Revolutions: Rusia
Ir más allá: Norah and Ultra
Chapter 2 – Finding an appropriate (Argentine) style
Buenos Aires 1921–32
Imagining Buenos Aires
Architecture in Norah’s work
Chapter 3 – Consolidating styles between Argentina and Spain
Guillermo de Torre
Creating an ‘otro mundo’
Norah’s career in Spain (1932–37)
Spanish traditions and landscapes
Chapter 4 – Creating a perfect world
Los anales de Buenos Aires
Illustrations for books
Un cuadro sinóptico de la pintura
Representing women and romantic couples
Conclusions
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