7. Moema, 1863. Meireles's painting of a Brazilian Indianist literary subject reflects the Nineteeth century academic taste for exotic nudes with "socially redeeming" themes. New World Indian subjects were a staple of European Romanticism, representing the "noble savage" living in a state of primal grace and freedom within a natural paradise. These works influenced Brazilian writers and painters of the time and gave academic sanction to native subjects as proper to "High Art," along with battle scenes, mythological or religious subjects, and portraits of illustrious persons.
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