La Boca, bright colors and lots of history

Posted on December 2, 2010

The port, immigration and the life and work of Martin Quinquela have given this neighborhood in Buenos Aires a stamp unique identity.


As many (especially Spanish and Italian) European immigrants were Afincando in Buenos Aires, especially in the neighborhood of La Boca, the humble houses of wood and zinc rose unexpectedly resulting in the tenements. Linked so unchallenged the harbor in La Boca everything has its history: the vivid colors of the houses, there are still capture the attention of travelers, is used to explain why immigrants take the leftover paint from the ships.


The uniqueness of the neighborhood (perhaps the most "typical Buenos Aires' San Telmo with ) would be strengthened later with the life and work of Quinquela, whose childhood and adolescence were spent in the early twentieth century in Argentina crossed by major social changes .
Quinquela, born and raised in the port area, reflected much of his experiences in a long list of paintings that not a few critics have questioned but most Argentines have chosen as representative of his country. De virtually self-taught, Martin Quinquela admits no pigeonholing: or expressionism or impressionism, and fauvism. In any case, his was an overwhelming attempt to capture the bustling port city, with its lights and shadows.


Caminito and more

La Boca, a neighborhood that also names the greatest Argentine football team (next to River Plate) offers travelers more than an interesting journey. The obvious attraction that provides for lovers of photography, we add a craft fair in Vuelta de Rocha (Av. Pedro de Mendoza) and "Caminito", a pedestrian promenade that serves as a meeting point for artists of all specialties .
Every day from 10 to 18 hours can be visited both the Boca stadium as outdoor fairs. The Quinquela Martin Museum , with more than 1000 pieces on display, open Tuesday to Sunday between 10:30 and 17:30.

Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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2 Comments on "La Boca, bright colors and lots of history"


Juan Hipolito Posted on December 13, 2010

Excellent place La Boca, I was looking for hotels in Buenos Aires, close to this area to concerla well.
Luckily I can!

Greetings to all!


Joaquin Obrador Posted on June 2, 2011

I wanted to ask permission to use the picture on the blog (the first, of the window). I would appreciate clarification if it is owned by you or if you know the author to ask for permission.

Thank you very much.

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