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Ignacio Zuloaga (Born 1870) was born in Eibar, near Biblao, Spain. He was a portrait painter noted for his theatrical paintings of figures from Spanish folklore and culture. Zuloaga was a largely self-taught artist and the son of a successful metalworker. He learnt to paint by copying Old Masters in the Prado Museum in Madrid. In around 1890, he split his time between Spain and Paris. In Paris he became acquainted with the artists Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, and Paul Gauguin. However, despite his contact with these prominent French artists, his main influences were the Spanish masters Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. In 1892, Zuloaga was inspired by his visit to the Andalusia region of Spain; he began to focus on subject matter from Spanish folklore and culture, such as dancers, peasants and bullfighters. He often placed his figures against dramatic landscapes and used earthen colors almost exclusively.

With the painting Daniel Zuloaga and His Daughters, Zuloaga began to achieve international success. The painting was exhibited in 1899 and was purchased by the French government for the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. In 1907 Zuloaga became a popular society portraitist, an aspect of his career that brought him considerable wealth. Zuloaga settled permanently in Spain in 1924 after spending much of his career working in Paris. His paintings were exhibited in highly successful one-man shows in New York City. In 1938, he was awarded the grand prize for painting at the Venice Biennale. Zuloaga’s art is much sought after by many discerning collectors today.

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