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The Vowels of Sarah Affonso | Sarah Affonso

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A Vida Portuguesa celebrates Sarah Affonso (1899-1983), a great artist who was a Modernist painter and wondrous embroiderer, an independent woman married to José de Almada Negreiros, and a dedicated and creative mother all at once.

At the request of her granddaughters, Rita and Catarina, and based on the family’s assets, we rediscovered Sarah’s work, and drew inspiration from it to come up with toys, notebooks, books, jewellery and household objects that recreate her world.

This special collection of objects inspired by Sarah Affonso’s life and work was created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of her birth and the two great exhibitions of her oeuvre in Lisbon at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and at the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado, in 2019.

This versatile set of educational cards is meant as an introduction to reading, and it was based on collages the painter did to teach her children the vowels in the 1930s and 40s.

Set of five A5 perforated cards and a portion of cotton string.
Size: 12,5x16,5cm.