Still Life

Still life, n.d.
Oil on canvas
34 x 37 cm
The Hepworth Wakefield

About the artist


GASTÃO WORMS (1905 in São Paulo – 1967 in Rio de Janeiro) was a painter, sculptor, cartoonist and lecturer. Son of the painter Bertha Worms (1868 – 1937), he began his early career by doing cartoons and caricatures for magazines Kosmos and Pimpão. In 1922, his Pobrezinha was awarded an honorary mention at the 28th Exposição Geral de Belas Artes (General Fine Arts Exhibition), launching his career as an artist. He also produced caricatures for Diário da Noite in 1924 signing as ‘Valverde’. His first solo exhibition was held at the old Correios (post office) building in São Paulo featuring 43 works. In 1927, he travelled to Paris, to study at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and also attended the Académie Julian, staying in Paris until 1932 under the auspices of an artistic bursary from the São Paulo government. On his return to São Paulo, Worms offered tuition in drawing and French and participated in numerous art exhibitions. In 1943, he moved to Rio de Janeiro. Gastão Worms contributed an oil painting to the Exhibition, Still life, which was sent to the 1946 UNESCO Exhibition of Modern Art and is currently part of the Hepworth Wakefield’s collection.

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