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Pedro Figari


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(b. Montevideo, Uruguay, 1861; d. Montevideo, Uruguay, 1938). Figari became a painter after successful careers in law, journalism, writing and philosophy. Figari was born in 1861 to Italian parents in Montevideo. He had a successful early career as a lawyer and public defender. He founded the newspaper El Dario and published articles on law, poetry, education and aesthetics. In 1915 he became the director of the School of Fine Arts and Crafts in Montevideo. It wasn't until he was 60, that he devoted himself professionally to painting. His painting style was most influenced by French Post Impressionist artists such as Bonnard and Vuillard. As a painter he exhibited widely throughout Europe including successful solo exhibitions in Paris and Spain. In 1928 he was awarded the gold medal for painting at the Exposition Iberoamericana de Sevilla. In 1933 he returned to Montevideo where he lived and work up until the time of his death in 1938.

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