Norah Borges

"A Smaller, More Perfect World"

Author(s) Eamon McCarthy

Language: English

Genre(s): Art and Music

Series: Studies in Visual Culture

  • September 2020 · 288 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786836304
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786836311
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786836328

About The Book

Norah Borges (1901–98) was the sister of the celebrated Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. She first began producing art in Switzerland, where her family was trapped during the First World War, and travelled to Spain before returning to her native Argentina with her new styles of painting. In the 1920s, her work was published on the covers of important cultural magazines, but she is now largely forgotten. In her works, Borges created a world full of almost angelic figures – describing it as a smaller, more perfect world – mostly a serene space dominated by women. This book explores how Borges created that space and developed her own unique style of painting, studying the connections she made with the leading artists and writers of her time.


List of illustrations
Chapter 1 – A Style of One’s Own
Chapter 2 – Finding an appropriate (Argentine) style
Chapter 3 – Consolidating styles between Argentina and Spain
Chapter 4 – Creating a perfect world

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Eamon McCarthy

Eamon McCarthy is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Glasgow.

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