Saturday, June 13, 2015

Martin Malharro

oil on canvas
other details unknown

Martin Malharro (1865-1911), born in the city of Azul, came from a well-to-do family, with lands in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His childhood interest in painting led to domestic violence at home, from which he left for Buenos Aires in 1879. He was invited to the Ramos Mejia ranch in 1887, where, as an artist-in-residence, he gained experience as a landscape artist. His presentation at the National Atheneum in 1894, which consisted mainly of landscapes, particularly wheat fields, was well received by critics. This relative success allowed him to travel to Paris in 1895. He also drew on his experience at the Ramos Mejia ranch to refine his skill as a landscape impressionist, drawing influences from Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and the Naturalist Barbizon School.

His noctural scenes became particularly coveted by buyers and lauded by critics. His work took an increasingly Symbolist direction and away from earlier studies on wheat fields, a common subject among Impressionist artists in Argentina at the time. This trend became the first prominent Post-impressionists in Argentina, where it is known as the Nexus group. The sudden renown secured him a post in the prestigious University of La Plata as Dean of the School of Art, as well as in the National Fine Arts Academy. He died in Buenos Aires in 1911, at age 46.