Benito Quinquela Martin, “Elevadores a Pleno Sol”, 1945, Oil on Canvas
Benito Quinquela Martín was an Argentine painter born in La Boca, Buenos Aires. Quinquela Martín is considered the port painter-par-excellence and one of the most popular Argentine painters. His paintings of port scenes show the activity, vigor and roughness of the daily life in the port of La Boca.
On the cover of Benito Quinquela Martin’s coffin was the following quote and a painting of the port of La Boca.
“Quien vivió rodeado de color no puede ser enterrado en una caja lisa”
(“He who lived surrounded by colour cannot be buried in a plain box.”)