Gustavo Cochet

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Gustavo Cochet
Born May 6, 1894
Rosario, Argentina
Died July 27, 1979
Funes, Santa Fe, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Known for Painter, engraver, and writer

Gustavo Cochet (May 6, 1894 - July 27, 1979) was a painter, engraver, and writer who worked in Barcelona and Rosario.

Painting Practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. The final work is also called a painting.

Writer person who uses written words to communicate ideas and to produce works of literature

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Barcelona City and municipality in Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres high.



Cochet was born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1894. His mother was of mestizo heritage, and his father was French, a teacher in a rural elementary school located between Esperanza and San Jerónimo Norte, in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. Cochet spent his first years in elementary school in the countryside, and his father was then transferred to Carlos Pellegrini and then to Maciel, both small towns in Santa Fe. In Maciel, Cochet began to work an apprentice telegraphist, and in 1912 he moved to Rosario to dedicate himself to painting while working as a telegraphist in the postal office. He studied with the painter César Caggiano, and met other contemporary painters in Buenos Aires. In 1915, he traveled to Barcelona, and by 1917 he had been strongly influenced by the prevailing vanguard movement in art.

Argentina federal republic in South America

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. The sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Mestizo race

Mestizo is a term traditionally used in Spain, Latin America and the Philippines that originally referred to a person of combined European and Indigenous American descent, regardless of where the person was born. The term was used as an ethnic/racial category in the casta system that was in use during the Spanish Empire's control of its American and Asian colonies. Nowadays though, particularly in Spanish America, mestizo has become more of a cultural term, with culturally mainstream Latin Americans regarded or termed as mestizos regardless of their actual ancestry and with the term Indian being reserved exclusively for people who have maintained a separate indigenous ethnic identity, language, tribal affiliation, etc. Consequently, today, the vast majority of Spanish-speaking Latin Americans are regarded as mestizos.

Esperanza, Santa Fe City in Santa Fe, Argentina

Esperanza is a city in the center of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. It had about 36,000 inhabitants at the 2001 census [INDEC] and it is the head town of the Las Colonias Department.

Cochet was given his first personal exhibition at the Galeries Dalmau in Barcelona, in 1919. He relocated to Paris the following year, where he met and married Francisca Alfonso. He enlisted in the French Army for a year in 1921, after which his first son was born. At his first Paris exhibition in 1923, he first gained acclaim among local art critics, and became a regular contributor to the city's many art galleries and festivals. Cochet became more politically involved afterwards, and from 1935 participated in the Iberian Anarchist Federation, speaking and reflecting on the rights of artists in what he considered an era of revolution.

Galeries Dalmau

Galeries Dalmau was an art gallery in Barcelona, Spain, from 1906 to 1930. The gallery was founded and managed by the Symbolist painter and restorer Josep Dalmau i Rafel. The aim was to promote, import and export avant-garde artistic talent. Dalmau is credited for having launched avant-garde art in Spain.

Paris Capital of France

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He returned to Argentina in 1939, and was named Professor of Painting at a new school in the city of Santa Fe, where he lived and taught until 1946. That year, he published Entre el llano y la sierra (Between the flatlands and the mountains). He died in Funes, Santa Fe, in 1979.

Funes, Santa Fe City in Santa Fe, Argentina

Funes is a small city in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, located within the metropolitan area of Greater Rosario, about 15 km west from downtown Rosario. It has a population of about 23,500 inhabitants.


His children, neighbors, friends, and others have worked to build a museum in his honor, now standing in Funes.

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