José Maria Capricorne, born in Curaçao in 1932, is one of the classic artists of the modern Caribbean. His vigorous lines and colourful figures communicate with an energetic and mobile imaginary that relates to a world full of popular interpretations of daily life.
The points of reference for Capricorne are the natural environment and the history of the Caribbean. This book is the second monograph, published in English, on Capricorne's work.
Valdemar Marcha has written a comprehensive introductory essay about social cohesion in Curaçao. And Ineke Phaf Rheinberger presents some co-ordinates for the interpretation of Capricorne's Braziliana series, first exhibited in the Galerie Forum Berlin am Meer (February 4 - March 20, 2005).

Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger
La Belle Caraïbe. The Art of José Maria Capricorne (with an introductory essay by Valdemar Marcha)
ISBN 10: 3-86573-058-2
ISBN 13: 978-3-86573-058-9
112 S. mit zahlr. farb. Abb. (16,5 x 24 cm) 10,80 EUR. 2005

Graphic Design: Jeremias Steinmann
Photographs of Capricorne's work by
Johan van 't Leven



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Introduction . . . . . 7

Valdemar Marcha
What is Curaçao? . . . . . 11

The start of a journey in 1953 . . . . . 21

Porcelain painter in Rio de Janeiro . . . . . 25

The spirituality of the Black Madonna . . . . . 29

A personal signature in Amsterdam . . . . . 31

30 May 1969 . . . . . 35

Rhythms & Nanzi . . . . . 41

The philosophy of art education . . . . . 45

Materiality and poetics in modern art . . . . . 49

The magic of ornamental decoration . . . . . 53

Brasiliana . . . . . 67

Works cited . . . . . 71

Index . . . . . 76

List of Illustrations . . . . . 79

Coloured Illustrations . . . . . 80