88. Auto-retrato com índios Carajás (Self-portrait with Carajá Indians), 1968. Carlos Vergara, like Glauco Rodriguez, painted himself with Indians or as an Indian. Unlike the romanticized Indians of the late Nineteeth-century academic art, these Pop Art Indians owe more to Montaigne's cannibal than to Roussea's Noble Savage. Like the indigenous element in Antropofagia, the Indian refers back to the early histories of the European encounter with Brazilian Indians in an attempt to elaborate a cultural identity for modern Brazil.
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