Emilio Pettoruti was born on October 1, 1892. His parents were part of the prosperous middle class. Raised in La Plata, the capital city of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pettoruti’s art was influenced by the modern, geometric layout of the city, with the “silver color of changing tonalities.”  The theme of vertical city streets recurs in his art in 1917, in Mi Ventana en Florencia.  Of all the interests Pettoruti could have chosen to pursue, he selected art after his maternal grandfather, Josè Casaburi discovered his potential artistic talent. In 1913, after a commission from Rodolfo Sarrat, one of the members of the House of Representatives, Pettoruti traveled to Europe to study art. Based in Italy, Pettoruti developed a growing sense of European modernism, as well as studied Italian Renaissance art of the fourteenth century. In 1924, Pettoruti returned to Argentina, to spread his new style to his own country. Exhibiting both in his native country and abroad, Pettoruti was a huge success. In 1930, he was named the director of Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes in La Plata. His fame spread even to North America, and in 1942, Pettoruti visited San Francisco for his first major United States show. This show expanded Pettoruti’s name, causing more museums to demand his exhibitions. Pettoruti married Maria Rosa Gonzalez, who later became a subject in many of his paintings.  In 1952, Pettoruti returned to Europe, leaving Argentina behind with General Juan Peròn in office. In Paris in 1968, he wrote his autobiography, Un Pintor Ante el Espejo (A Painter Before the Mirror). Pettoruti remained in Paris until his death on October 16, 1971.