Ignacio Zuloaga. Painter. Eibar. Gipuzkoa. 1870.
Towards the Cantábrico sea, in the estuary of Urola river, a wild and natural marshland.
A wetland with a wide range of flora and common presence of migratory birds.
On the sandbank, 'Santiago' farm, nearly abandoned, and the ruins of a chapel that belongs to the pilgrim road to Compostela, XV.
So was this space, when it was auctioned publicly in 1910, and the painter acquired it.
Santiago-Etxea, the family residence, was inaugurated in 1914.
Two years later, the monumental set made up by the Studio-Workshop, the Museum of the Historical Collection and the St. Jame's pilgrim road Chapel, was completed.
Rough sea used to flood Santiago-Etxea's peninsula very often, therefore he decided to build a protection dike in 1917.
Meanwhile, the lawn grass and trees as the today centenary Cupressus Macrocarpas that welcome visitors warmly, were growing in the park designed by the artist.
He was 17 when he said in basque, "I want to be a painter mother", and left his village, alone.
Since then, and when he reached half a century and certainly, a great part of his human and artistic dreams as well, he returned to his land and settled down definitely, in a lonely and peaceful place, to live with his family, painting and when looking at the sunset, beyond the horizon of the sea, he remembered his past, as an internationally regognized artist, forever.
Santiago marshland 1870
Zuloaga`s peninsula 1917
Z Cultural Space 2018