Horses

These paintings, from 2012 and 2013, were exhibited in 2014 at the Museu do Oriente, in Lisbon.
The human or animal figure is almost totally absent from the vast majority of Manuel Amado's paintings. The living beings represented are usually vegetal and sometimes only their shadows appear. That is why these canvases are unexpected in the context of the rest of his work. In an unusual way, they represent horses inside orderly spaces, exterior or interior, which offer a strong contrast between the animal and the surrounding architecture. They are, like the Stagings series, beings displaced in the geometry of the scenarios, and they destabilize them. About them, José Sasportes wrote: "they do not live in a stable, but in the painter's studio, they are attached to the canvases [...], but they are not for that reason less restless.”
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