Maria Helena Vieira da Silva


{Lisbon, Portugal, June 13, 1908 - Paris, France, March 6, 1992}


Discover our Executive Maria Helena Vieira da Silva...


In our 5-star Torel Avantgarde we designed a room for the famous Portuguese painter Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, with a breathtaking view of the Douro River and the possibility of a double or twin bed.


The head of the bed, as well as the tones of the room, are based on a painting that Maria did. Other elements in the decoration of the room referring to the artist's life are the wooden easel, the wicker chair and the benches where she painted when she lived in Paris.

Executive Maria Helena Vieira da Silva:

* An extraordinary room category in the most artistic hotel in Porto.

  • Double or twin bed;
  • Bathtub overlooking the Douro River;
  • Occupancy: up to two people;
  • Offer of Nespresso coffee and water throughout the stay.


Please also check the other rooms in the Executive category: Francis Bacon, Joan Miró, Kazimir Malevich, Robert Rauschenberg, Oscar Wilde, Niki de Saint-PhalleCharles & Ray Eames, Janis Joplin, Eileen Gray, Oskar Barnack, Ferdinand Porsche, Alberto Giacometti, Man Ray, Le Corbusier, Anais Nin, Nikola Tesla, Astor Piazzolla.

 About the artist...


Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was a Portuguese painter, who became naturalized French in 1952.

At the age of eleven, she began to study singing and piano, at home, and painting and drawing in renowned ateliers and modeling, with the writer Rogério Andrade.

At just nineteen years old, and accompanied by her mother, Maria Helena decided to continue her academic studies in Paris, France – something common among artists at the time.


Her talent was honoured by the French Government. Maria Helena Vieira da Silva became the first woman to receive the Grand Prix National des Arts, in 1966.


Main artworks:

  • The chess game;
  • Library;
  • Interior à la spirale;
  • Blanche;
  • Ariane;
  • Passage of the Mrrrors;
  • Dislocation du labyrinthe;
  • Liberté;
  • Library on fire;
  • The forge;
  • Window.


Artistic Movement: Abstract art.


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