Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A visit to the Serra Catarinense:Rancho Queimado; small German towns


Rancho Queimado: main street, oil on card, 12.5 x 14 cm

Rancho Queimado: little houses, oil on card, 14 x 12 cm

Rancho Queimado, trees in the distance, oil on card, 11.5 x 14 cm

 Rancho Queimado, church, oil on card, 13 x 13 cm

The brightness of this set pleases me, and I like how they suggest children's book illustration. There is, indeed, something of Toytown in these small German mountain towns here, as if they were created with wooden building blocks.

This is partly because of the style of buildings, which seem to be very self-consciously stereo-typically German, and in their repetition. The constituent parts  vary in their positions, but the pieces are the same, as if taken out of a giant play-box and ordered with a square, restaurant, school and church according to the restrictions of the landscape. The inhabitants are invariably friendly and cheerful, again, like in Playmobil, and the socio-educational level is high (for Brazil). I am sure they are extremely conservative. I find these towns pleasant to visit, but to stay longer than a day or two would be tedious. I doubt the people think much of their compatriots who are very disorderly bunch in comparison. 

Much of my understanding of Brazil is governed by the sense that it is a country of tremendous wastefulness, It constantly fails on account of lack of organisation and collective will to arrive at a socio-economic and cultural level that other nations regard as normal.


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