Arturo Michelena, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Arturo Michelena

Venezuelan painter

Date of Birth: 16-Jun-1863

Place of Birth: Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

Date of Death: 29-Jul-1898

Profession: painter

Nationality: Venezuela

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Arturo Michelena

  • Francisco Arturo Michelena Castillo (Spanish pronunciation: [a?'tu?o mit?e'lena]; 16 June 1863 – 29 July 1898) was a Venezuelan painter born in Valencia in Carabobo State.
  • He began to paint at a young age under his father's tutelage.
  • Traveled to Paris where he studied in the famous Académie Julian.
  • He was the first Venezuelan artist to succeed overseas and, with Cristóbal Rojas (1857–1890) and Martín Tovar y Tovar (1827–1902), one of the most important Venezuelan painters of the 19th century. His first great success occurred in Paris at Le Salon des Artistes Français in 1887.
  • Encouraged by his teacher Jean-Paul Laurens (1838–1921), Michelena presented a canvas titled L'Enfant Malade (The sick boy) which was awarded the Gold Medal, second class, the highest honor a foreign artist could receive at the salon.
  • The painting was quickly considered a masterpiece and was acquired by the Astors in New York in the late 19th century.
  • Later the painting traveled to South Florida when it was acquired by Owens Burns, a business partner of John Ringling, the circus magnate.
  • After Burns' death the painting was stored in the Ringling Museum's vaults where it remained away from public view for more than 60 years.
  • In 2004 Sotheby's rescued the canvas and arranged for it to be included in an auction of Latin American art.
  • The painting was sold for the record amount of US$1,350,000.

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