O SOL DO NORDESTE
This colored woodblock print, called a xilogravura, depicts the brilliant and hot sun of the sertão, the dry, hot backlands of Brazil. The striking design shows the brilliance of the sun, as well as its piercing rays.
The artist of "O Sol do Sertão" is J. Miguel Borges, son of J. Borges, one of the best known artists and writers of cordel. He maintains a studio not far from his father in the small community of Bezerros, about 70 miles from Recife. Brazil.
These block prints were originally developed as covers for the chapbooks of literatura de cordel. Gradually artists who designed covers for the small chapbooks created larger images to sell. The subjects of these prints is often humorous or imaginative.