Buenos Aires - La Boca: Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca Quinquela Martín - Soldado
Soldado (1892) by Lucio Correa Morales
Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca Quinquela Martín, at Avenida Don Pedro de Mendoza 1835, was donated to the state as a cultural center in 1936 by Benito Quinquela Martín (1890-1977), a popular Argentine painter considered the port painter-par-excellence and the man who first put his native neighborhood of La Boca on the cultural map. His canvases, occasionally compared to Van Gogh's with their characteristic spatual marks, featured vibrant port scenes with frequent themes of fire, workers and ship graveyards. Today it contains his former studio on the third floor, a collection of Argentine art and painted wood bowsprits on the 2nd floor, and an elementary school on the first floor. A sculpted terrace offers unparalleled views of the La Boca neighborhood.