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In his critique, Roberto Guevara reflects on the history of landscape (as a pictorial genre in Venezuela) and the role played within it by Venezuelan painter and graphic designer José Antonio Quintero. After evaluating the distinct stages of this genre, the author refers to Quintero’s work as one of the few that develops landscape as his modern predecessors did; by continuing the pictorial tradition that was interrupted by the incessant contemporary advances of the time.


The artwork produced by Venezuelan painter and graphic designer José Antonio Quintero (b. 1946) serves in this text as the basis for an analysis of the distinct features of Venezuelan art and its place in universal culture. Referring specifically to landscape within the nation, curator and critic Roberto Guevara (1932–1998) affirms that this art form experienced a violent upheaval, however late, through the rapid onset of the industrial-technological era; this did not permit further development of established styles, and instead concentrated solely on [the development of] new techniques.


With this document Guevara makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the historical development of landscape in Venezuela, given that it identifies each of the periods within this genre, from its beginnings to the appearance of new artistic styles within the national arts scene.


For another essay by the author on Quintero’s work, see the ICAA digital archive: “Plenos Poderes” [At the Height of His Powers] (doc. no. 1157481)].

Maria Virginia Pineda Aranda
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Roberto Guevara, 1980
Biblioteca Félix Hernández