ANDREW HARPER – LUXURY TRAVEL INTELLIGENCE
Imperial suite – An extraordinarily spacious suite with a cathedral height ceiling and large windows that fill the space with incredible light. Lined with an impressive collection of XVIII century ‘azulejo’ tile panels, this elegant suite has a grand lounge area with a bespoke spiral staircase leading to a Japanese style king size bed in the mezzanine above. A breathtaking marble bathroom offers a bathtub and separate rain shower, whilst a private library and quaint dining room complete the interior. Offering two private outdoor spaces, this suite has a terrace overlooking the rooftops of Alfama and down to the Tejo river, and a veranda that runs the length of the suite overlooking the garden, pool, and orange trees below. Area 120 sqm.
Beds: King Size Bed
Bathroom: Bathtub & Rain Shower
Occupancy: 2 Guests
Size: 120 sqm
View: City, Castle Walls, River, Garden, Pool
Price: 3.000,00€/night with complementary breakfast and VAT included (City tax – 2€/person/day not included)
Special holidays: Saint Valentines, Easter and Christmas holidays an extra cost of 100€ per suite will be applied
Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso was a Portuguese painter, born in Mancelos (1887-1918). At the age of 18, he entered the Superior School of Fine Arts of Lisbon and one year later (on his 19th birthday) he went to Paris, where he intended to continue his studies, but soon quit the architecture course and started studying painting. By then, he was especially experienced in caricatures. His early works, under the tutelage of the Spanish painter Anglada Camarasa, were stylistically close to impressionism. Around 1910, influenced both by cubism and futurism, he became one of the first modern Portuguese painters. His style is aggressive and vivid both in form and colour, and his works may seem random or chaotic in their compositional structure at first sight but are clearly defined and balanced. His more innovative paintings, such as “Trou de la Serrure” resemble collages and seem to pave the way to abstractionism or even dadaism.
In 1913, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso participated in two exhibitions: the Armory Show in the USA, that travelled to New York City, Boston, and Chicago, and the Erste Deutsche Herbstsalon at the Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin, directed by Herwarth Walden. Both exhibitions presented modern art to a public that was still not used to it. Amadeo was among the most commercially successful of the exhibitors at the Armory Show, as he sold seven of the eight works he had on display there. The following year, he returned to Portugal and initiated a great and meteoric career in the experimentation of new forms of expression. In 1916, he displayed 114 artworks in Oporto with the heading “Abstraccionism”. Amadeo de Souza Cardoso explored expressionism, and in his last works he tried new techniques and other forms of plastic expression art. On 25 October 1918 at the age of 30, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso died in Espinho, of the Spanish flu.
In 1925, a retrospective exhibition in France of the painter’s artwork was well received by the public and critics. Ten years later in Portugal, an award was created to distinguish modern painters: the Souza-Cardoso prize.