Federico Armando Beltrán Masses | 1885 - 1949
Federico Armando Beltrán Masses, 1885 - 1949, is a Spanish painter who was born in Guaira de la Melena, Cuba. He studied with the painter Sorolla at l’École des Beaux-Arts de Barcelone and, in 1905, he studied Spanish and European art at the Prado, Madrid. In 1916, he received recognition from the Paris's Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and continued to live in Paris for many years. Reportedly, Beltrán-Masses won awards "the United States, Belgium, Italy, and India" and later took over the Exposition Hispano-français des Beaux-Arts in 1919. In 1920, "he exhibited an exotic nude titled Salome at the Venice Biennale this painting is now in the Museo De Art Deco Y Art Nouveau Casa Lis in Salamanca, Spain. Repotedly, Beltrán-Masse had previously moved Salome from "an exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, in case it offended the Spanish ambassador's brother, a visiting cardinal. In 1924 he received Cordon d’Isabelle la Catholique award. Died in 1949 in Barcelona, Spain.