The Journey of the Figureheads

Get through this book interesting information and exquisite photos on the boat carved figureheads of São Francisco River.
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In 1946, when Marcel Gautherot and Pierre Verger travelled down the São Francisco River to document the life of the riverside population, the era of big boats decorated with "carrancas"(figureheads) was reaching an end. Competition from motorised vessel and the Vargas government employment laws regulating the oarsmen's timetables and salaries, made the boat's primitive trade unsustainable. The majority of them was still in operation, and Gautherot was able to register some legendary ones, such as the large Red House renamed Minas Gerais, with its powerful figurehead made by Afranio. However, these boats were no longer being built nor were new figureheads being made. Francisco Guarany, indisputable máster of the trade , carved his last waterborne figurehead in 1945 and dedicated himself to other occupations: magistrate, official measurer of the Corrente River and carpenter.

It was precisely Gautherot's images published in well known magazines and in the book "Brésil" that focused attention on this popular brazilian art form, stimulating new production, not aimed at boats, but at collectors and tourists. Because of their aesthetic quality, the air of mystery surrounding their origin and the fact that there was nothing in any other parts of the world, the figureheads earned emblematic importance, as the expressive product of a spontaneous local culture.


Product details:
Code: IBSN 978-85-7827-975-2
Paperback, 288 pages, 226 photos.
Weight: 1.21 kg ( 2.7 lb)
Dimensions: 28 x 21 cm ( 11.0 x 8.3 in)
Publisher: WMF Martins Fontes and IIPB- Institute Imaginary of Brazilian People, 2015
Author: Lorenzo Mamm
Language: Bilingual (Portuguese and English)

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