Leitura (1892). José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior (Brazilian, 1850-1899). Oil on canvas. Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.
In 1876, Emperor Pedro II saw Júnior’s work, was impressed, and personally offered his financial support. A Royal Decree awarded Júnior 300 Francs per month for the purpose of studying in Paris. He soon settled in Montmartre and enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts, becoming one of the many students of Alexandre Cabanel. While there, he participated in four of the Salons.