1892 - 1971
About the Artist: Following his own muse, and avoiding the influence of the twentieth century avant-garde, Teixeira remains among the most accomplished of draftsmen. Raised in Amsterdam, his early work, including views of Amsterdam, portraits of family members and drawings of animals from the Amsterdam Zoo, reflect his sensitivity.
The artist used a great variety of drawing materials: pencil, pen and ink, pastel, even watercolor. His favored material however, was the black crayon. In this he was influenced by the Hague School, a nineteenth century group of Dutch Realists. With them, Teixeira de Mattos shared a fascination for nature. But in his treatment of light and shadow, he remained faithful to the seventeenth century Dutch masters of painting.
In 1938, Teixeira moved to Paris. The city with its busy streets became important subject matter. When war broke out, he moved to the French countryside. With a deliberate disregard for the momentous events everywhere about him, he drew animals, farms and flowers.
From 1953 onwards he travelled each year to Spain. There he enjoyed the light and climate, drawing cityscapes of favored places: Madrid, Burgos and San Sebastian. He continued his work in Spain and France until his death in 1971.
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