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Jose Tomas Errazuriz

Jose Tomas Errazuriz Urmeneta was a Chilean landscape painter and diplomat.

Jose Tomas Errazuriz was born in Santiago, the son of Maximiano Errazuriz Valdivieso and of Amalia Urmeneta Quiroga. He studied painting at the Academia de Pintura de Santiago, where he was a student of Ernesto Kirbach and later juggled his diplomatic work in Paris with art classes by Humbert Giroez. He married Eugenia Huici, one of the most beautiful women of her age, who was to become a patron of modernism of the 20th Century and noted interior designer, and who was a decisive influence in his work. She soon convinced him to move to Paris in 1882, where his brother-in-law Ramon Subercaseaux was the Chilean consul.

Around 1900 the Errazurizes relocated to London. Jose Tomas Errazuriz fell sick with tuberculosis, spent much time in Switzerland, and eventually he and his wife became estranged. Nonetheless during this stay, he acquired for his art most of the characteristics of English painting, even though he was also a strong admirer of the French landscape tradition and painted many times the cost of Normandy, where he lived for long periods of time. A sharp observer of nature, he painted views and scenes of the European countryside full of light and color. Errazuriz never adhered to the impressionist movement of the time, even though he was a close friend and admirer of realist painters such as Giovanni Boldini and John Singer Sargent. He always gave a principal and very strict preponderance to the drawing and the composition in his work. Errazuriz was never interested in signing or selling his work, and in 1926 sent most of his paintings to Chile to be auctioned off for charity.

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