“Leopard and Deer” (1912), by Robert W. Chanler: On Chanler, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso and the periphery

Posted: February 4, 2017 by vequinox in Literature

art in the periphery

by Foteini Vlachou (Instituto de História da Arte, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Robert W. Chanler (American, 1872-1930), Leopard and Deer, 1912, gouache or tempera on canvas mounted on wood, 194.3 × 133.4 cm, Rokeby Collection (exhibited at the Armory Show, New York, 1913) Robert W. Chanler (American, 1872-1930), Leopard and Deer, 1912, gouache or tempera on canvas mounted on wood, 194.3 × 133.4 cm, Rokeby Collection (exhibited at the Armory Show, New York, 1913); photo from the Armory Show at 100

Visual association is not always rational, or even easy to justify. When a friend* sent me Robert W. Chanler’s 1912 work Leopard and Deer, I was immediately reminded of Amadeo de Souza Cardoso’s Os galgos (The greyhounds), as well as the floral background of medieval tapestries, such as La Dame à la licorne series of the Musée de Cluny. What is interesting in this particular juxtaposition is that Chanler and Amadeo share history together as well. They both participated in the legendary Armory Show, the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art. The Armory Show is…

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