Description & Technical information

Manuel Ortiz de Zarate was born in 1886 in Como, Italy. Son of the Chilean composer Eleodoro Ortiz and younger brother of the painter Julio Ortiz de Zarate, he was trained by the artist and art critic Pedro Lira. After having spent the first years of his life in Italy, he came back to his home country with his father and enrolled the School of Fine
Arts in Santiago de Chile. In 1902, at the age of 18, Manuel Ortiz de Zarate came back to Italy where he studied in Rome. He met there Amedeo Modigliani who will convince him to settle in Paris where he moved with his wife, Edwige Piechowska in 1906.

Closely related to the Montparnasse artistic community, he frequented several studios, including la Ruche, but he was also a regular at the Rotonde where he mingled with the Parisian avant-garde of the time, both artistic and literary - Modigliani, Picasso, Braque, Marie Vassilieff, Apollinaire,
Max Jacob or Jean Cocteau were part of the inner circle of the painter. Ortiz de Zarate was soon represented by the Galerie de l'Effort Moderne,Léonce Rosenberg then by the Galerie Bernhein-Jeune.

Back in Santiago, he founded in 1923 with his brother and other artists the Montparnasse Group that wished to introduce in Chile the principles and plastic innovations of the European avant-garde.

Marked by Cézanne's work, Ortiz de Zarate was also influenced by the fauvists and cubists such Braque, Picasso or Derain. Color always remained a dominant
element of his paintings. Like many other modern artists, the still life was one of his favorite subjects. Like in our "Nature morte à la pipe", Ortiz de Zarate brings the forms of Cubism and the colors of Fauvism.

Date:  Circa 1919
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed on the reverse on the frame

Dimensions: 81 x 66 cm (31⁷/₈ x 26 inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints