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 Will Publish January 2021 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
AcknowledgementsList of illustrationsIntroduction Women in Norah’s worksNegotiating the cultural and artistic spheresCriticism, exhibitions and shifting stylesNorah’s writingsOverviewChapter 1 – A Style of One’s OwnUltraísmo: Mallorca, Seville and MadridUna pintora ultraísta: Norah and GreciaCollaborative Revolutions: RusiaIr más allá: Norah and UltraChapter 2 – Finding an appropriate (Argentine) styleBuenos Aires 1921–32Imagining Buenos AiresArchitecture in Norah’s workChapter 3 – Consolidating styles between Argentina and SpainGuillermo de TorreCreating an ‘otro mundo’Norah’s career in Spain (1932–37)Spanish traditions and landscapesChapter 4 – Creating a perfect worldLos anales de Buenos AiresIllustrations for booksUn cuadro sinóptico de la pinturaRepresenting women and romantic couplesConclusions
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