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History of La Boca District (Buenos Aires)

by joesfineart , December 23, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Argentina, Buenos Aires, la Boca, landscapes,

Nineteeth century architecture on Wenceslao Villafa__e Street.

The Caminito of tango lore, an example of the colour of La Boca attributable to local artist Benito Quinquela Mart__n. The riverwalk at the Rocha Bend of the Riachuelo.La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa. In fact the name has a strong assonance with the genoese neighborhood of Boccadasse (or Bocadaze in genoese dialect), and some people believe that the Buenos Aires' barrio was indeed named after it. The conventional explanation is that the neighborhood sits at the mouth ("boca" in Spanish) of the Riachuelo.

In 1882, after a lengthy general strike, La Boca seceded from Argentina, and the rebels raised the Genoese flag, which was immediately torn down personally by then President Julio Argentino Roca.

It is known throughout the sporting world as the home of Boca Juniors, one of world's top football clubs. La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold. Other attractions include the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs and Italian taverns, as well as La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors.

It has also been a centre for radical politics, having elected the first socialist member of Argentine Congress (Alfredo Palacios in 1935) and been home to many demonstrations during the crisis of 2001.

As one of Buenos Aires's 48 barrios, La Boca is located in the city's south-east near its old port. The barrio of Barracas is to the west; San Telmo and Puerto Madero are to the north.




  Hernan Ruf

10/13/2010 * 22:07:24

Hi, first of all I would like to say that I am in love with your exceptional work. You have a unique way to capture life and culture of a country in your artwork like no one else I have seen. I am originally from Argentina and I particularly love your paintings from La Boca. I was wondering if it is possible to buy one original piece from you from the mentioned series. I have not been able to return to my country for about 9 years now, and to have such beautiful representation of my native land will give me strength and hope during my exile. I will be waiting your response.
Thanking you in advance,

Hernan Ruf


  Caroline Henry ( homepage )

12/23/2008 * 11:56:54

Thanks for the history of La Boca. I've been aware of it only through the works of artists and photographers and the label of a wine called La Boca, which is a product of Argentina. When I saw your La Boca painting upon opening ArtId a few days ago, I was so struck with its impact that I simply had to mention it in my blog.

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