Jul 18, 2011

The Merchant's Pearl, 1884 by Alfredo Valenzuela Puelma ( Chilean, 1856-1909)


  1. can you update us on the back-story of the painting and the artist?

  2. 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),[3] 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.