Paraná landscape | Juan Manuel Blanes | 1880

Paraná landscape | Juan Manuel Blanes | 1880

Paraná landscape | Juan Manuel Blanes | 1880

In 1830, the same year of the Uruguayan Independence, Juan Manuel Blanes is born. He devoted himself to realist paintings, portraying historical events of his country and its neighbor, Argentina.

His work Paraná landscape shows us a laying peasant on a rock playing with a butterfly. On the background, we see the vegetation typical of the bank of the river Paraná. This painting is often interpreted according the historical moment Uruguay was going through: their recently gained independence. The dreamy attitude of the girl gives us the impression that she is imaging a better future. The new direction of his country, the change, is represented in the painting by the butterfly.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on August 25, 2010.

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