Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Breitner attended the Academy in the Hague in 1876–1880. By the turn of the century Breitner was a famous painter in the Netherlands, as demonstrated by a highly successful retrospective exhibition at Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam (1901). Breitner travelled frequently in the last decades of his life, visiting Paris, London, and Berlin, among other cities. In 1909 he went to the United States as a member of the jury for the Carnegie International Exhibition in Pittsburgh.
Although Breitner exhibited abroad early on, his fame never crossed the borders of the Netherlands.
- Mexican painter, famous for his portraits, nudes and murals.
- Angel Zarraga lived in France over thirty years and exhibited successfully in Europe, Mexico, US and Canada.
- The artist painted murals at the Château de Vert-Cœur and in the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, and decorated the Mexican embassy in Paris.
- In 1919 he married a Russian sportswoman, Jeannette Ivanov. He died from pneumonia.