The Easel

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso

Souza-Cardosa didn’t lack confidence. Arriving in Paris in 1905, he described the art scene as “mediocre apart from a few things”. Friendships with Modigliani and Brancusi gradually drew him into the avante garde and, from around 1910, he produced many significant works. The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic claimed him, his talent not really fulfilled. A retrospective in Paris has this writer proclaiming him as “one of the greats.”