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The Museum of Modern Art Acquires its First Painting by Foundational Brazilian Modernist Tarsila do Amaral

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art has acquired  The Moon (A Lua), made in 1928 by Tarsila do Amaral (Brazilian, 1886–1973). With this acquisition, the Museum welcomes into the collection its first painting by Brazil’s most important early modernist.

Tarsila do Amaral is a foundational figure for modern art in Brazil, and a central protagonist in the transatlantic cultural exchanges that informed it. Her paintings from the 1920s ignited a radically new iconography of enduring influence in her native country, where today she is revered as simply “Tarsila.” Last spring, The Museum of Modern Art and The Art Institute of Chicago co-organized Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil, the first exhibition of her work ever presented in the United States.


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Tarsila do Amaral (Brazilian, 1886-1973). The Moon (A Lua). 1928. Oil on canvas, 43 1/3 x 43 1/3 in. (110 x 110 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase