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Benito Quinquela Martin Museum

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The Most Beloved of Argentina's Artists

If life reflects art, then Benito Quinguela Martin's course and work display one of the great souls of this country. After a lifetime of fame as a leading painter, he left his works to the nation, establishing his home as a museum. Yet, it is not just a monument to only his own work. Instead, the museum also includes many works by other emerging Argentinian artists that he collected throughout the mid-20th century. Interestingly, there is an entire gallery of a special interest of his: Ships' figureheads from the 19th century. In addition to his artistic ability, he is known for his social consciousness is a non-political way. Left literally at the doorstep of an orphanage when only a few weeks old, he was adopted by a poor family in the humble neighborhood La Boca, but he soon found his place as a painter. He has left a legacy of works that the nation still honors. During his lifetime he established a school, dental hospital, milk clinic and theater.

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