Notes on the Geography of Argentina: From Boca to the Torre: Photo 10
The painter was Benito Quinquela Martín (1890-1977), and his career was remarkable, considering that he was abandoned as an infant and turned over to a family whose livelihood was handling coal. Perhaps they truly loved him, because at 14 he began attending an art school part time, and a few years later he attracted the attention of Argentina's President Torquato de Alvear. With that support he moved to Spain and a job at the Argentine consulate. He began travelling widely in Europe and the United States but ultimately, in 1930, returned to the place he was born and began painting the walls of Boca's decaying buildings. Visitors came, shops followed, and you know the rest.
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