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 Fortunato Arriola  (1827 - 1872)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: luminous tropical landscape, portrait

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Fortunato Arriola
from Auction House Records.
Moonlit river gorge
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Cosala, Sinaloa, Mexico, Fortunato Arriola was a painter and teacher of portraits, nocturnes, and luminous tropical landscapes, the latter which were especially popular in San Francisco in the late 19th century because so many settlers had traveled there through the Panama Canal. Most of his work, remembered views of Central America and Mexico, disappeared after he died.

Fortunato Arriola was a handsome, personable "ladies man" with a cultured background in Mexico and spoke several languages. His father was a wealthy landowner, and Fortunato maintained close ties with his homeland. His studio at the corner of Kearny and Clay Streets was a refuge for many Mexican exiles, and it was a rowdy environment with animated conversation and an occasional brawl. His students included Toby Rosenthal and Ransom Holdredge.

In 1871, he exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City, and died at sea at age forty-five on his return trip in an explosion aboard a ship carrying gun powder. He left a widow and twelve children, and artist friends held a benefit to help them financially.

His paintings are in the California Historical Society and the Oakland Museum.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Peggy and Harold Samuels, "The Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"

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