Benito Quinquela Martin
Benito Quinquela Martin (March 10(?), 1890January 28, 1977) was an Argentine painter born in La Boca, Buenos Aires. Quinquela Martin is considered the port painter-par-excellence and one of the most popular Argentine painters. His paintings of port scenes show the activity, vigor and roughness of the daily life in portuary La Boca.
His birthday could not be determined precisely as he was abandoned on March 21, 1890 at an orphanage with a note that stated "This kid has been baptized, and his name is Benito Juan Martin". From his physical appearance, the nuns who found him deduced that he should be around ten days old; thus March 10 is regarded as his birthday.
By the 1920s Marcelo T. de Alvear and his wife were very fond of Quinquela Martin's works, and this admiration led to a lasting friendship. In 1922, Quinquela Martin was assigned as chancellor of the Argentine Madrid Consulate in Spain. On April, 1923 he exhibited at the Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid. Two of his works were acquired by the institution (Buque en reparacion and Efecto de Sol), while another two were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art of Madrid.
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