This statuette is the representation of life in rural Minho (cradle of Portugal) which combines primary and shimmering colors, female ornaments such as hats or earrings and the daily concerns of women such as flowers, chickens, fish, eggs, and here birds... It is a unique piece.
The Boneca Minhota (Minho Doll, in Northern Portugal) is the most authentic expression of Julia Côta's personal and creative universe, who shapes the clay, naively, by representing what she sees around her.
Why I love it
- An unclassifiable statuette halfway between craftsmanship and naive art.
- A naive and funny evocation of the traditions and mythologies of rural Minho always imbued with sensitivity and respect.
- A very modern work once it has left its environment.
Features and characteristics
- Height: about 30 cm
- Weight: approx. 1 kg
- Delivered with its certificate of authenticity
Júlia Côta is one of the greatest living representatives of the "Barcelos Figurado", an artistic movement that expresses Portuguese popular culture. She is the granddaughter of João Domingos Côta da Rocha, known as the father of the Portuguese icon: the Galo de Barcelos (Rooster of Barcelos) who introduced her to the art of modeling the earth at the age of 9.
At almost 85 years old today, Julia is a renowned artist, welcomed with honors each time she travels and is visited, like an icon, by artists from all over the world who move to her little house in Barcelos in a street that now bears her name.
Her works are now part of private collections, are sold worldwide and are even collected for temporary exhibitions or retrospectives. But Julia has kept all her simplicity, is still amazed at the honors she receives and continues to shape the clay in her small house by passing on her know-how to her daughter Prazeres.