Artistic Inspiration


With a work that goes on for seven decades, Júlio Pomar is a painter endowed with a peculiar irreverence and one of the talented ones who belong to the 3rd generation of Portuguese modernist painters.

He was born in 1926 and early in his early years of painting, joined the resistance against the dictatorship lived in Portugal and led by Salazar, which led to months of imprisonment and works of his own seized.

His works at that time were ruled by Neorealism, a movement also lived a little throughout Europe.

His first works, “Mower” and “TrolleyLunch” are a good example of this, having been considered the first references of Portuguese neorealism.

In 1963 distancing himself from the political activity, he leaves for Paris, the city where he still remains today and that had transformed his vision on the World.

Not engaging in any artistic movement or language followed at the time, he adopts an autonomous position, trying to be faithful to the expression of the gesture and to the exploration of the line that will lead him to the experimentation of several artistic strands that will be reflected in his works throughout life.

In the last two decades, his work is characterized by a process of association of images crossing abstract expressionism with surrealism and with an immense will of thematic diversification.

Entering the time machine we can go through his most important moments in terms of artistic techniques and works such as: the Study in Red (1964 “Le Bain Turc (Dame Ingres)” 1968, “Tigre” 1980, Portrait of President Mário Soares , from 1992,“Mascarados de Pirenópolis no 15 of 1987,” Fernando Pessoa “- Metro station Alto dosMoinhos, in Lisbon, in 1984, Drawings for” War and Peace “, from Tolstoy, 1958,” Carlos do Carmo “ and “Burro Playing Guitar in 2011.

Throughout his life he has accumulated several awards and distinctions such as the Montaigne Prize in Hamburg in 1993, or the most recent the Póvoa Casino Arts Prize in 2012.

We can see his works a little everywhere,but it is in the Atelier – Museu Júlio Pomar in Lisbon that was graciously rehabilitated by the architect Álvaro Siza – that you will be able to see the work of one of the thegreatest Portuguese artists still alive, and who will forever remain with us through the inheritance that leaves us.