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Between "academicist" and "reformers": Raimundo Brandão Cela experience at the National School of Fine Arts (1910-1930)

Grant number: 15/03050-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2015
Effective date (End): May 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Maria Rita de Almeida Toledo
Grantee:Vera Rozane Araujo Aguiar Filha
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil


This research has the object of analysis the experience of artist Raimundo Brandão Cela during its formation process in the National School of Fine Arts (ENBA) in the first decades of the 1900s, taking it as turning point to discuss how the subject entered -If a debate itself of this institution, the quarrel between the "scholarship " and "reformism". Analyze the relationship between aspects of their institutional training and artistic practice, in direct contact with a whole dynamics of operation and experience, the call school culture. It is noteworthy, in this research, a close relationship between art and society, and that, constituent element of this, where different artistic expressions become the target of different fields (media, politics, public, for example), as manifestations of projects and ideologies that are beyond the materiality of artistic products but, in the symbolic field. Therefore, look will be on empirical elements that mark the artist's experience, such as the internal regulations of the National School of Fine at the time Cela was a student of the institution, noting the curriculum, subjects, and teachers activities; the work produced by the artist as a member of ENBA; the catalogs of exhibitions in which it participated; as well as elements relating to his personal life, as the letters exchanged with his father. The analysis of this documentary apparatus is critical to realize how this school culture is formatted as a stage for disputes and complex relationships between different subjects and constituent fields of artistic training reality in Rio de Janeiro in the early twentieth century. (AU)