This lively black & white woodblock print, called a xilogravura, shows the convivial scene of friends relaxing at the local bar. There's talking and drinking and sharing food and gossip - a great Friday night in Brazil!
The artist of "Weekends at the Bar" 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.
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.