Florencio Molina Campos

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(Argentine, 1891-1959)

Molina Campos was an Argentine painter and illustrator known for depicting traditional scenes of the pampas or Northern Argentine Plains.  Though he was raised in the city of Buenos Aires, he spent his vacations on his father’s family’s rural estate.  There, he developed a deep knowledge of rural people and of the pampas landscape. Scholars credit these childhood experiences to the major source of inspiration in Molina Campos’ oeuvre.  His work typically depicts gauchos, Argentine cowboys, in humorous scenes. 

He began drawing in 1907 after the sudden death of his father and his initial sketches demonstrate a nostalgia towards the idyllic rural life of his childhood.  What is most notable about his depictions of gauchos is that he saw them how they saw themselves, not as the poet or historian or romantic novelist.  By drawing the gauchos as themselves, Molina Campos was the first (and arguably the last) of his kind.  The peasants he depicts, according to fellow Argentine painter Pío Collivadino, are “harminously deformed.”

 


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