Quinquela Martín

Argentina • 1890-th −1977
Argentine painter. Son of unknown parents who abandoned him in the Casa de Niños Expósito, seven years later he was adopted by the Chinchella family, owners of a coal factory

Quinquela Martín is considered the port painter and is one of the most popular painters in the country, his port paintings show the activity, vigor and roughness of daily life in the La Boca port.

He did not have a formal education in the arts but was self-taught, which on several occasions led him to suffer contempt from the artistic elite and criticism, towards his work and works. He used the spatula instead of the traditional brush as his main working instrument.
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