Federico Beltran Masses (1885 – 1949), Salome
Salomé - Federico Beltrán Massés
Federico Armando Beltrán Masses (1885–1949) is a Spanish painter who was born in Guaira de la Melena, Cuba.Federico Beltrán Masses was born in Cuba because of his father’s official post in 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. Museo Casa Lis houses Beltrán’s Salome.
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 [and] this painting is now in the Museo De Art Deco Y Art Nouveau Casa Lis in Salamanca, Spain.” Reportedly, 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. Beltran-Masses died in 1949 in Barcelona, Spain.