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Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

 (1886 - 1946)
Manuel Ortiz de Zarate was active/lived in California / Chile, France.  Manuel Ortiz de Zarate is known for modernist still life and landscape painting.

Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

Biography from Le chef d'oeuvre inconnu

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Born Manuel Revuelta Ortiz de Zárate in Como in Italy, he is the son of Chilean composer Eleodoro Ortiz de Zárate, and younger brother of painter Julio Ortiz de Zárate.

At the age of four, her returned with his family to settle in Chile. At age six he lost his mother. He received painting lessons from Pedro Lira (1845-1912) before entering the Fine Arts in Santiago.

In 1902, at the age of fifteen, he left Chile for Italy. He studied painting in Rome, copying the Old Masters in museums. Supported by a Spanish bishop who was painting in a museum, he survived by reproducing paintings with religious motifs, mainly by Guido Reni, which he sold to churches or priests. He made several trips to Paris.

In 1904, he met Amedeo Modigliani in Venice, who spoke of Cézanne and described the artist's life in Paris. Manuel fell in love with Edwige Piechowska, who had just completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and continued them to Florence.

Attracted by the artistic activity reigning in France, they moved in 1906 to Paris, where they successively occupied several workshops in the Montparnasse district, including the Beehive.

There, he joined many artists including Modigliani and other future major world artists.

Manuel Ortiz de Zárate became a figure of the Montparnasse district; Apollinaire spoke of him as "the only Patagonian of Paris." Manuel painted in the Cubist style, and then was under contract with the dealer Léonce Rosenberg.

In 1914, Manuel Ortiz de Zárate and Modigliani tried to join the army, but they were turned down for health reasons. His family expanded and,he moved to 8 Rue de la Grande Chaumiere.

During the Second World War, he remained in France, despite the German occupation. After the war, he moved to the United States, where he died in 1946 in Los Angeles.

His daughter Laura married production designer and art director Eugene Lourie.

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About  Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

Born:  1886 - Como, Italy
Died:   1946 - Los Angeles, California
Known for:  modernist still life and landscape painting