Monday, June 29, 2020

Art Gallery - Portuguese Art @ Óbidos

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PORTUGUESE ART @ ÓBIDOS
Our 2019 cycling tour of the Iberian Peninsular which started from Porto included riding in several interesting towns in Portugal. One such town was the rustic and Óbidos, just an hour's drive from Lisbon. We didn't really do much cycling there, but found the town to be interesting including the Óbidos Castle and the locals were warm and friendly. In our stay and walk around this town, we found some nice Portuguese artwork.
Due to photography angle, and for presentation purposes, many of photos have been cropped, so it is better to go there and see these artworks for yourselves when you have the opportunity.
Below are the artwork, click on the photo to view. Enjoy!


While admiring Portuguese art one must not miss the elaborate Portuguese azujelo blue tiles. At the Óbidos Train Station can be seen many of such lovely tile wall mural. And the best thing is that due to its proximity to Lisbon, many take an hour's drive by car to Óbidos; as such the station is often empty, and totally devoid of people. There not even a ticketing office OR any attending railway personnel! So one can take photos to one's content without any worries of people getting in the way!


Disembarking at this station after the train-ride leg of our cycling tour from Figueira da Foz to Óbidos was a good introduction to the quaint town. We were a bit shocked to find the station totally empty, but seeing the many Portuguese azujelo blue tiles murals turned the shock into a pleasant surprise. The above is a rendering of Óbidos Castle.


Our stay was at the Capitão Polvo Residence, and next to it was their own operated Infusion Restaurant. The welcoming wall had some nice artwork and the doors and windows were ringed with colourful icons, in the local culture style.


A low wall leading to the restaurant had these artwork with poems and quotes ringed by artwork by local henna artist Cristina Gomes, renown Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, and a lady-in-the-teacup mural by local artist Sara Cardina from the nearby Caldas da Rainha.


A close up of the lady-in-the-teacup mural by local artist Sara Cardina. It's an interesting style with with the outlined lady sitting in a teacup, within these were smaller, colourful artwork.


Infusion Restaurant also stand in as an art gallery called Pateo das Artes. Hanging on the walls could be seen paintings by artists from locality. The artwork on display changes from time to time.
Above is one of my favorite, one of the lady with a swirling red-white polka dotted skirt.


Painting of a musician with his studious, young son.


A young lady wearing her shoes.


A woman taking a nap with her dog. Further away is her classic Volkswagen van. The van because of it's shape is called Pão de Forma (Loaf of Bread) in Portugal.


An anxious looking man painting.


A pussy cat with a friendly dog.

On the walls of the bedrooms and corridor of the Capitão Polvo Residence , can be seen the following artwork:
Painting of a fleet of fast and sleek Caravela.....


.... and the larger ocean-going Catequista.


A star pattern made from thick thread.


A display shelf with a fishy back piece. Fishes are one of the more frequent topics found in Portuguese artwork, click here to see more Portuguese fish art.


A Portuguese cartoon character with a "devil may care expression" printed onto a T-shirt.

The following artwork were seen inside the compound of Óbidos Old Town:
A walking palm with a foot head by "Artes & Letras Atelier".


Another creation looks like a compressed Volkswagen van, which probably serves as a food truck.


These stylized red rooster statues represent the “Galo de Barcelos” which are brightly coloured cockerels (roosters), items very often seen for sale in many souvenir shops in Portugal. These cockerels/roosters symbolizes honesty, integrity, trust and honour.


Often at the entrance gate post would be a shelf displaying some local artwork. The above has some Galo de Barcelos, souvenir candle tealight cups, and snow balls.


At the main wall of the Câmara Municipal de Óbidos (Óbidos Town Hall) can be seen this crest, but this is not the Town Crest of Óbidos.


A wall Portuguese azujelo blue tablet proclaiming in three languages (Portuguese, French and English) that the Ginjinha d' Óbidos, local cherry wine, is the King's best secret.


A doorway within Óbidos town.

Often, it's the unique windows that capture the eyes of visitors .....

Especially the displays at the window sills.

Many of these "windows" hung next to the shops are actually shelves displaying some of the wares of the shops. This one sells souvenirs. These gives a new meaning to the term "window shopping"!

This shop specializes in cups and other earthen-ware items.

More cups & more souvenirs.

A shop that sells liqueurs.

And we close with artwork drawn onto a Portuguese guitarra.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Art Gallery - Portuguese Art

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PORTUGUESE ART
Our 2019 cycling tour of the Iberian Peninsular included riding in several towns in Portugal such as PortoOvarMiraFiquerqa da FozObidosLisbon and Faro. We did not visit any art gallery but along the way managed to see some nice Portuguese artDue to photography angle, and for presentation purposes, many of photos have been cropped, so it is better to go there and see these artworks for yourselves when you have the opportunity.
Below are the albums from different town or places, click on the photo to view. Enjoy!


Portuguese Art @ Obidos
Artwork seen at the Obidos old town.

PORTUGUESE ARTWORK COMING SOON,
STAY TUNED!

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