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Prilidiano Pueyrredon was an Argentine painter, architect, and engineer. As one of the country's first prominent painters, he was known for his costumbrist sensibility and preference for everyday themes.
Pueyrredon was the only son of Juan Martin de Pueyrredon, then the supreme director of the United Provinces of the River Plate, and Maria Calixta Tellechea y Caviedes, an aristocrat. He completed his primary education at the upper-class Colegio de la Independencia. In 1835 his family relocated to Europe, where he completed his education. He spent the school year in Paris and summers in Cadiz, where his father owned a business importing Argentine leather.
Six years later, as relations between France and Argentina suffered due to the refusal of Juan Manuel de Rosas to grant commercial privileges to ships of French origin — a matter which would not be resolved until the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado a few years later — , the Pueyrredons left Europe for Rio de Janeiro. The city's liberal atmosphere encouraged Pueyrredon's artistic vocation. On his return to Paris three years later he received his parents' permission to study engineering.
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