Cena na floresta da Tijuca (At the Tijuca Forest)

Foresta da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Oil on canvas
65.5 x 100.7 cm
Collection of Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil, Coleção Brasiliana/Fundação Estudar, donated by Fundação Estudar, 2007
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Henri Nicolas Vinet’s Cena na florsta da Tijuca (At the Tijuca Forest) depicts the lush forests of Brazil as an area to be traversed, explored, and eventually put to work. In its depiction of the forest as a natural resource to be tamed rather than a sublimely wild environment to be appreciated, Vinet’s painting underscores the Atlantic forest’s commercial potential, even as it stresses the space as one of potential danger.