Orientalists' Art Gallery
can you update us on the back-story of the painting and the artist?
Valenzuela Puelma successfully developed a realistic technique based on the canon of academic art. Throughout his productive career, he worked using oils and painted a very diverse range of subjects, such as landscapes, interiors, portraits, still lifes and especially nudes. These include "La Perla del Mercader" (The Merchant’s Pearl), one of the most popular paintings in the Chilean art world. He is also known for his penchant for Arabic motifs, reflecting the influence of his teacher, Constant.