Emilio Pettoruti, Argentine (1892 - 1971)
Emilio Pettoruti born in the city of La Plata, October 1, 1892.
At the tender age of 11 on the initiative of his grandfather, painted on top of a wall, a large basket of flowers, the exclusive product of his imagination.
Later would be part of the Academy of Fine Arts of La Plata.
After making some samples in La Plata, embarks in 1913 for Italy.
Arrives in Venice with its twenty just turned, there quickly comes into contact with the Italian avant-garde art, young artists and the now famous Marinetti, author four years before the famous "Manifesto of Futurism."
Travel through Italy. In 1916 he made his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Gonelli, which was a bastion of Futurism in Florence.
In 1917 he moved to Rome. During the war made the most varied jobs. There befriends Soffici, Carra and De Chirico and others.
After exposing both collectively and individually in different cities of Italy hand to Munich in 1921. Two years later he was invited by Der Sturm Gallery in Berlin, established as the
German avant-garde gallery, where he presented the Italian Futurists.
After a brief stay in Paris where he became friends with Juan Gris and Gino Severini returned to Buenos Aires.
In October 1924 in Buenos Aires Witcomb Hall, makes his first exhibition Pettoruti after eleven years of absence. His works, decidedly avant-garde for its time, caused a scandal of proportions.
Over the years, Pettoruti strives to learn the art of art through lectures, journals, diaries and frequent exhibitions.
In late 1927 he was appointed Director of the Museum of Fine Arts of La Plata.
In 1940 Friends of Art of Buenos Aires organized the first retrospective of Pettoruti, many works are now cruelly criticized once admired by the public and critics.
During 1944 spends eight months touring museums and universities in the United States invited by the committee for Artistic and Intellectual Interamerican Relations. Exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art and other museums in the United States.
Go back to Europe in 1952, having exhibited in 1950 at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile. Exhibited in Milan and
Florence after nearly thirty years of absence.
Continues to expose in successive years in 1953 in Rome, in Paris in 1954, with Latour, Masson and Miro.
Receive the 1956 Award Guggenheim Continental Americas and with it the right to attend the World Award is given in Paris as Ben Nicholson won the world critics expected a decision in favor of Beaudin, Tamayo or Pettoruti.
He continues his work over the years and made them notable exhibitions in 1960 at the Molton Gallery in London, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Denise René in Paris, and so on.
In 1964 he began to write his memoirs published in 1966 under the title "A painter in front of the mirror."
On October 16, 1971, died in Paris at age 79, victim of a hepatorenal disease.