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José de Almada Negreiros: Google pays tribute to the Portuguese artist and writer

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Today Google doodle on José de Almada Negreiros, a multifaceted Portuguese artist and writer. Google celebrates the life, works and creative legacy of José de Almada Negreiros. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential Portuguese and European artists of the 20th century. On this day in 1911, Almada Negreiros made her artistic debut at the age of 18 by publishing a cartoon entitled “A Weighty Reason” in the 4th issue of A Sátira, a Lisbon magazine.

Today’s doodle is illustrated by guest artist Melissa Crowton.

José de Almada Negreiros was born on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe in 1893 and began his creative journey as a caricaturist. He was the son of a Portuguese father, António Lobo de Almada Negreiros, and a Santomean mother, Elvira Freire Sobral.

At just 20 years old, Almada Negreiros held her first exhibition in Lisbon, showing 90 drawings. A year later, in 1914, he published his first poem, and in 1915 launched a progressive literary magazine called Orpheu, which promoted Portuguese modernism. That same year, Almada Negreiros wrote the famous Manifesto Anti-Dantas e por extenso, a humorous attack on a more traditionalist and bourgeois generation.

In the 1920s, Almada Negreiros lived in Paris and Madrid, honing her art and skills through collaboration and sometimes even isolation. Upon his return to Portugal in 1932, he expanded his artistic repertoire to include stained glass, mosaic panels, plays, ballets, graphic designs and more.

Almada Negreiros received the Columbano Prize from the National Propaganda Secretariat in 1942 and the Domingos Sequeira Prize in 1946, as well as numerous other honors and decorations throughout his life. His works are exhibited throughout Europe, including the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, the port terminals of Alcântara and Rocha do Conde de Óbidos, and the lounge bar of the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.

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