Naif Paintings(205 items)
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A lovely BlueBird
Such a beautiful art! I follow JBorges for a while and the xilogravura techniques always fascinated me!! Very care package and great service
I immediately framed and displayed in my home
Love it! Looks wonderful in a floating frame. Will definitely look to purchase additional works from this talented artist. Quality work!
Beautiful example of a unique art form
This is an exceptional example of an art form that could be threatened by contemporary forms of communications: woodcut illustrations of stories from Brazil?s Northeast, hung from strings and sold in markets. This master artist has created a wonderful evocative and humorous scene with deep cultural resonance.
J. Borges Original woodcut prints
"It was not until the age of twelve that I attended school for the first time, but for just ten months... The day I could write my name and read was a big event."
Popular Naif Paintings
St Francis Teaches Birds Black/White Brazilian Woodcut Print, "Saint Francis"$39.99
A small bird alights trustingly on Saint Francis' outstretched hand and another perches on his shoulder. Still another nestles against his chest in this beautiful portrait of the legendary saint. Ivan Borges sets the scene amid the rugged vegetation of Northeastern Brazil beneath a sky spangled with stars. Founder of the Franciscan order, Francis of Assisi believed in the brotherhood of all of God's creation. It is said that he once preached to hundreds of birds about being thankful to God for their wonderful clothes, for their independence, and for God's care. The birds stood still as the saint walked among them, flying off only when he said they could leave.
The Brazilian artist works in the woodcut technique to create this naif image in black and white.
Titled "O São Francisco" in Portuguese.
Small Town Serenade Color Woodcut Print by J. Borges Brazil, "Back-Country in Moonlight"$69.99
Guitars in hand, a man and woman sing a moonlight serenade as townspeople crowd around to listen. Working in the woodcut technique, J. Borges depicts a magical evening in the out-country of northeastern Brazil. Watchful eyes look on beneath a starry sky in the light of a crescent moon.
Xylograph (woodcut) print on paper, titled "Sertão em Noite de Lua" in Portuguese.
Brazil Farm Workers Color Woodcut Print by J. Borges, "Agricultural Workers"$49.99
Setting out on foot in the cool morning, a man, women and two children head for the fields. They work day after day cultivating the fertile earth. The children ride a draft horse and two dogs guard them along the way as they carry their tools, a jar of water and a basket with their lunch. Artist J. Borges finds inspiration for this colorful woodcut print in the rural areas of his native northeastern Brazil.
Xylograph (woodcut) print on paper, titled "Trabalhadores Rurais" in Portuguese.
Colorful Starry Sky Woodcut Print by J. Borges in Brazil, "Starry Sky"$49.99
Stars can still be seen in the early morning sky where sun and moon linger briefly together. Yet bright birds have awakened and soar skyward amid fruit trees, bringing their many colors to this delightful naif composition. J. Borges creates a cheerful woodcut print that celebrates the beauty of the Brazilian countryside.
Xylograph (woodcut) print on paper, titled "Céu Estrelado" in Portuguese.