Death of José Maria Velasco, World Renowned Artist

His last hours on earth were spent working on his lifelong passion. José Maria Velasco was considered one of the most important Mexican painters of the 19th century, and one of the greatest landscape painters in history.  Veslasco was born in Temascaltzingo, Mexico, in 1840.  At the age of 18, he entered the Art Academy of San Carlos.  In 1893, he spent three months at the Chicago World’s Fair, exhibiting his award winning work. He suffered a heart attack in 1902 from which he never fully recovered.  Velasco died on August 25, 1912, while painting a small landscape that remains unfinished.