Almeida Junior Biography
Birthday: May 8, 1850 (Taurus)
Born In: Itu, São Paulo, Brazil
José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior, commonly referred to as Almeida Junior, was the first artist of his time to create Realistic portraits in Brazil. His works have been designated as the foundation of modern art in the nation. His paintings bear a close resemblance to the works of other Realistic artists such as Gustave Courbet and Jean Francois Millet of France. During Almeida’s time, his contemporaries were busy illustrating myth and historical events, but he chose to redirect his paintings toward rustic life. Several of his paintings canvas rustic people in their most ordinary chores, some even portraying intense feelings of longing and despair. None would have imagined that such a bounty of artistry could be hidden in a poor church bell-ringer! His portraits displayedabundant dexterity as he possessed a keen eye for perfection. Being the first in Brazil to swim against the tide, he gathered lofty admiration, with many painters imitating his work in the decades to follow. Yet his paintings have been marked for their intricate portrayal of both art and emotion, making it impossible to replicate. Brazil commemorates the everlasting work of the impactful artist on his birthday, 8May, with the celebration of ‘Fine Arts Day’ also called ‘Dia do ArtistaPlastico’.