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Ignacio Zuloaga

  • Ignacio Zuloaga © EFE

    Ignacio Zuloaga © EFE






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" Painter. His Segovia paintings of a dark and desolate Spain made him the favourite painter of the Generation of 98."

Born in Éibar (Guipúzcoa) in 1870, he was the son of notable damascening artist Plácido Zuloaga and nephew of the famous potter Daniel Zuloaga. As a child he worked in his father’s workshop, where he first came into contact with drawing and engraving. In 1896 he moved to Madrid. He travelled to Rome in 1889 and, a year later, to Paris where he attended the ‘La Palette’ Academy. There he met Degas, Gauguin and Toulouse Lautrec and was drawn to Impressionism. In 1895 he moved to Seville, where he developed a great interest in bullfighting and Andalusian themes. In 1898 he moved to Segovia and moved over the expressive painting, with its predominant Castilian landscapes and people. He died in Madrid in 1945.


Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale (1938)

Essential works

  • Ignacio Zuloaga.'Oterito'. Cordoba Museum of Fine Arts © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011


    This drawing is by Ignacio Zuloaga, one of the Spanish artists who lived in the period between the 19th and 20th centuries and whose importance lies in his innovative contribution to the art of the time.

    Cordoba Museum of Fine Arts (Córdoba)

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  • ‘Maese Pedro's Puppet Show’ by Manuel de Falla. Puppets by Ignacio Zuloaga. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura

    Maese Pedro's Puppet Show

    It is a portable puppet theatre that performs a musical and theatrical adaptation of an episode of "The ingenious knight Don Quixote of La Mancha".

    National Theatre Museum (Almagro)

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Other highlighted works

  • Bullfight in Éibar
  • The Blood of Christ
  • The dwarf Gregorio, wineskin maker
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