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date: 14 December 2019

Blinder, Olgalocked

(b Asunción, 1921; d 2008).
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(b Asunción, 1921; d 2008).

Paraguayan painter and engraver. She studied under the painters Ofelia Echagüe, João Rossi, and Lívio Abramo, and her work contributed fundamentally to the revival of Paraguayan art in the 1950s. Until then representational art was still tied to 19th-century Naturalism, but in 1954 the Arte Nuevo group, founded by Blinder, Josefina Plá, Lilí del Mónico, and José Laterza Parodi, organized the Primera Semana de Arte Moderna, which helped bring to a head the struggle with entrenched academicism. She began by painting still lifes and landscapes that emphasized structure, but she soon turned to thematic and expressive content centered on the human condition; later her work was concerned as much with intensity of meaning as with the severity of formal arrangement. Sensitive and intellectual, subjective, and socially aware, her work turned into an individual lyrical expressionism, enlivened by tension but carefully formal. This complexity can be seen in the techniques she used at different stages: the severe images that she developed in paintings and wood engravings during the 1960s; the engravings made with zincograph blocks in the 1970s that incorporate conceptual analysis based on her existential and social preoccupations; and finally painting, which she resumed in the 1980s....

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