Visual Narratives


Gare Marítima da Rocha Conde de Óbidos (completed in 1948). Panel from the "Sunday afternoon by the Tejo" triptych. Image source: Gulbenkian Collection

Gare Marítima da Rocha Conde de Óbidos (completed in 1948). Panel from the "Sunday afternoon by the Tejo" triptych. Image source: Gulbenkian Collection

Murals of José de Almada Negreiros. 

José de Almada Negreiros was commissioned by architect Porfírio Pardal Monteiro to create large murals for two new Lisbon maritime stations: Gare Marítima de Alcântara (mural completed in 1945) and Gare Marítima da Rocha Conde de Óbidos (mural completed in 1948). The multi-paneled murals give insights into art and visual characterization during the New State. Comparing the two projects, as Ellen W. Sapega’s book Consensus and Debate in Salazar’s Portugal discusses, reveals differences in visual interpretation under highly regulated official policy towards the arts.