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Cliffs

The drawings of João de Almeida correspond to what Ortega y Gasset characterizes as the "age old habit" of thinking of things, or the world around us as "solid enough to offer resistance to our hands". In this way they offer a subjective visual experience of intimacy and immediacy of the cliffs that the artist traverses with what Ortega calls the "mysterious resonance of touch preserved by sight".

Hellmut Wohl, Art Historian

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The most fundamental respect in which João de Almeida's drawings are unique is that they convey a sense of cliffs not as inanimate objects but as living beings. João's hand follows and modulates the hollows, protrusions, and the rising and falling cadences of cliffs as if they were living and breathing bodies.

Hellmut Wohl, Art Historian

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The precise, carefully delineated patterns of these cliffs, hardly correspond to how they are optically seen. The artist represents them, whether they are near or far away, as if he were running his hand over them and as if we too were able to touch them and feel their protuberances and indentations.

Hellmut Wohl, Art Historian

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