Sophia gazes across Graça

Stencilled black and white mural of the face of Sophia

Sophia by Daniel Eime, Graça, Lisbon, May 2017

This mural in the Graça area of Lisbon is the work of Portuguese street artist, Daniel Eime. It is a portrait of the poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919 – 2004), who was strongly associated with the area of Graça. She won many prizes for her works, was translated into several languages, and now has the viewpoint in Graça named after her.

One of her works, Portrait of an unknown princess:
      “For her to have such a slender neck
      For her wrists to bend like flower stems
      For her eyes to be so clear and direct”
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Stencilled black and white mural of the face of Sophia

Eime is particularly know for his portraits, which are mainly created using stencils. In interviews he often comments that it is the design and cutting of the stencil that is the hardest part, but even painting using such detailed stencils must be challenging.

Close up of the eye of the stencilled black and white mural of the face of Sophia
close up of the stencilled black and white mural of the face of Sophia
Stencilled black and white mural of the face of Sophia at the end of a building with ceramic tiles

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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 1 June 2020

Enjoying street art has become a regular event on my travels around the world: more of my findings can be seen here
For even more art, pop over to see Sami at Monday Mural

14 thoughts on “Sophia gazes across Graça

  1. I wonder if a computer was used to create the subtle combination of tiny strokes that merge and become a grey-scale image in your eyes from a distance. It’s an amazing technique, however it’s renedered.

    be well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. I wonder if a computer was used to create the subtle combination of tiny strokes that merge and become a grey-scale image in your eyes from a distance. It’s an amazing technique, however it’s renedered.

    be well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    Like

  3. I love street art. I have discovered it catches my attention immediately, which is presently shorter than that of a gold fish. I enjoy the fact that along with gorgeous pictures, you add so many details- artist , technique, background and quotes. Your posts are amazing!

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  4. He’s a great artist! I had never seen this one, but there are two of his murals in Cascais.
    Sophia was a great writer, one of her sons is also a known journalist and author in Portugal (Miguel Sousa Tavares).
    Thanks for participating Debbie.

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