Price: 90 euros
Watercolours and drawings by John O’Connor complemented by texts from Portuguese authors selected by Maria do Carmo Paço d’Arcos. Bilingual edition (Portuguese/English).
Art book 24 x 30 cms, 170 pages, hard cover with illustrated dust-jacket, printed on Stockwell Special paper 160 grs. Publisher: Livro d’Ouro. Limited numbered edition of 600 copies. Year of edition: 2001.
This book is composed of a selection of watercolours and drawings made in the Douro in the last two years. They are accompanied by excerpts from the works of Portuguese authors – Miguel Torga, Teixeira de Pascoais, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Aquilino Ribeiro, Raul Brandão, amongst others – associated with the region. It should be noted that the images are not illustrations of the texts nor the texts explanations of the images. They are of course all linked by a common theme – the Douro, but with few exceptions they work independently in a complementary relationship. They act together, to use a musical analogy, as the two instruments in a double sonata, creating their own harmonies and dissonances, their movements governed by the river itself.
About the Authors
|John O’Connor was born in London. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art where he was awarded two drawing prizes and graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. This was followed by two years of postgraduate study at the Slade School. His work is represented in various private and public collections in Portugal and England including the Selecções do Reader’s Digest, Grupo Pestana, Hotel da Lapa, Museu da Cidade de Lisboa, Câmara Municipal de Sintra, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the private collection of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.|
Maria do Carmo Paço d’Arcos was born in Lisbon into a family of celebrated literary tradition. She has worked in film production for many years. Recently, she has been translating English poets and organising art exhibitions.
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