Lola Mora was an innovative and prolific sculptor from Salta (Argentina). She was the country’s first woman artist and she truly flourished in her field creating masterpieces such as the famous Nereids Fountain in Buenos Aires, which was criticized for its sensual nudes. This freethinking lady who was born in 1866 had a unique life. She got a scholarship to study art in Rome when she was twenty, she married when she was 40 with a man 20 years younger than her and she patented several inventions including a system for projecting films on vapor.
Buenos Aires – “Les Nereides ”
Lola Mora stood out mainly in the world of sculpture and painting. In fact, she left numerous works of art presently displayed in several locations around the country. For instance, in Costanera Sur in the City of Buenos Aires, there lies the famous and very beautiful Fuente de las Nereidas (Mermaids’ Fountain), whereas she was also a protagonist in the events revolving around the traditional Flag Monument in the City of Rosario.
But it was in Northern Argentina where her career became noticed. The statues of Justice, Progress, Peace and Liberty located around the House of Government of the Province of Jujuy give evidence of her talent.
In the Province of Salta, the statue of Dr. Facundo de Zuviría, who was the president of the Santa Fe Constitution Convention, is displayed in San Martín Park. Moreover, the 20 de Febrero Monument may also be admired in the city. It was a work made in Paris, under Lola’s supervision and then moved to the Northern province.
There is no doubt that Tucumán was one of the places where the artist left her matchless stamp. And it was precisely in the famous Historical House that two samples of her talent speak for themselves in the backyard of the house where National Independence was proclaimed on July 9, 1816: the sculptures of Independence and the May Revolution.
Rosario – Santa Fé – Argentina
Likewise, as an urban planner, she was the author of the first underground and underwater gallery project for the City of Buenos Aires and she also foresaw the layout of the streets in the City of Jujuy. And she was a woman in a world so far ruled only by men.
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