Uruguayan painter Pedro Figari worked for the greater portion of his life as lawyer, writer, and politician only turning his attention to full time painting in his later years, He is best known as an early modernist who placed emphasis quotidian life. Painted primarily from memory, Figari’s work displays an intense personal feeling, capturing the essence of local customs, family gatherings, and personal memories of his childhood in Montevideo.
Translation of the title is basically, “The Thanks of Uncle Eustaquio”. It depicts a family gathering which could either depict Uncle Eustaquio visiting or within his own home with family members around him or it is a depiction that he has passed away and family has gathered to mourn and celebrate him and his presence is in the room and also felt in the portraits on the wall. It is ultimately about the significance of a family member and the impact and importance of family relations. Figari clearly has delineated portraits on the wall to re-enforce this feeling. He uses his delightful sense of color which imbues all of his works and is a bit of a nod to the impressionist palette he was influenced by early on.
Family of the Artist
Galerie Bonino, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Acquired 1957, private collection
Descended in the family
Weschler’s, Washington, D.C.