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Almeida Junior is best celebrated for his real life depiction of Brazilian rural life in his canvas. Know more on his childhood, life and timeline in the biography given below.
Almeida JuniorHow to Cite
Famous as: Painter
Born on: 08 May 1850 AD Famous 8th May Birthdays
Born in: Itu, Sao Paulo
Died on: 13 November 1899 AD
Zodiac Sign: Taurus Famous Taureans
Works & Achievements: He is regarded as the most important Brazilian painter of the 19th Century.
Jose Ferraz de Almeida Junior was a major Brazilian painter whose works became a source of inspiration for subsequent modernists. As a painter, he defied the popular traditions of his contemporaries and carved a new niche for himself. At a time when his fellow painters were achieving fame by painting mythological and historical subjects, he decided to focus on reality and portray the beauty of rural life. The subjects he chose to paint were an unchartered territory, but his skill ensured that the gamble paid off. The audiences were simply bowled over by his paintings of farmers and workers and other rural folk amidst their daily lives. His works came to be admired for its meticulous detail and touching images. Inspired by the French realist and naturalist paintings, he soon became the leading light in Brazil's realist painting scene. If you want to know more on this Brazilian painter, then continue reading this biography.
Almeida Junior is considered one of the most important painters of Brazil. He is also sometimes declared as the ‘national painter’ of Brazil. His works, which mostly depicted the rustic life of Sao Paulo, without being overtly romantic or using jingoistic tones, portraying them simply as human beings, enjoyed enormous popularity among both the public and critics. Because of this, he has also been likened to the French artist, Gustave Courbet. He was also a major influence to many modernist painters. May 8, his birthday, is celebrated in Brazil as ‘Artist’s Day’.
ALMEIDA JUNIOR TIMELINE
Almeida Junior was born in the town of Itu, Brazil.
Moved to Rio de Janeiro and enrolled at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts.
Received a gold medal for his painting “Resurrection of the Lord”.
Emperor Peter II saw his work and agreed to fund his trip to Europe for further studies.
Participated in four editions of the Paris Salon
Went on a visit to Italy where he met the brothers Rudolf and Henry Bernardelli. The same year he returned to Brazil.
Opened a studio on the streets of Glory in Sao Paulo.
Participated at the 26th General Exhibition of Fine Arts of AIBA with his work that he did in Paris. The same year he was honored with the title of the ‘Knight of the Rose’.
Went on three trips to Europe.
His painting “Departure of the Monsoon” received a gold medal.
His cousin, who suspected him of having an illicit affair with his wife, stabbed Almeida to death.