Name of Object:

The Sultan’s Horses (Drawing 19 for the XX Dessins album)


Lisbon, Portugal

Holding Institution:

Modern Art Centre, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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Holding Institution (original language):

Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Date of Object:

c. 1912


Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887, Manhufe, Portugal-1918, Espinho, Portugal)

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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Indian ink on paper


Height 23.7 cm, width 29.5 cm


This drawing by Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso forms part of an album, XX Dessins, which was published in 1912 and represents a key point of breakthrough for the artist. The context of the work can be explained by his interest in the Western primitivists, the influence of African art, the experiences that he exchanged with Brancusi and Modigliani, and his study of Henri Rousseau’s work. The artist aims to present a demarcated image of his own identity: in an elegantly sophisticated picture replete with medieval imagery, he produces an original work that explores volumes, dynamic forms, and the sense of speed. It was this clearly defined image that Amadeo presented at the Armory Show in 1913, where his work achieved great success in both critical and market terms.

Citation of this web page:

Helena De Freitas "The Sultan’s Horses (Drawing 19 for the XX Dessins album)" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;pt;34;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Helena De Freitas

MWNF Working Number: PT 074

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