This book centres on four Portuguese artists’ journeys between Portugal and Britain and aims at rethinking the cultural and artistic interactions in the post-war Europe, the shaping of new identities within a context of creative experimentalism and transnational dynamics and the artistic responses to political troubles.

Leonor de Oliveira examines the contributions of the work of Paula Rego, Barto dos Santos, João Cutileiro and Jorge Vieira, among other artists, to shape referential images of Portuguese identity that not only responded to the purpose of breaking with dominant iconographic and aesthetic representations but also incorporated a critical perspective on contemporaneity.

This title will appeal to scholars interested in art history, Portuguese and European art, and the mid-twentieth-century art scene.

chapter |17 pages


Britain and Portugal – Universalism and Modernity at the Crossroads of the Mid-Twentieth Century

chapter 1|24 pages

Images of Resistance

Artistic Apprenticeship and Experimentalism at the Slade School

chapter 2|32 pages

Expressions of Contemporaneity

Dealing with Dictatorship and Colonialism in the Post-War Period

chapter 3|32 pages

Travelling Images

Exposing Identity on the International Stage

chapter 4|27 pages

Collective Imagery

A New Iconography for New Generations

chapter |7 pages