Saint Sebastian, a Symbolist work par excellence, depicts a woman kneeling in front of the famous martyr, whose face and naked arrow-pierced body emanate a powerful sensuality. This work is also known as Votive Offering, due to the placard shown in the lower background, and to the posture and demeanor of the characters. The kneeling woman is painted in dark colors, in contrast with the luminous tones of the saint, which balance the composition. This painting, which has more affinity to a literary and philosophical world, is imbued by an atmosphere of poetic melancholy in which human values and virtues coexist. In 1911, Zárraga returned to France and settled permanently in Paris. This was a fruitful year, in which he showed The Gift and Saint Sebastian by the Autumn Salon. His works were acclaimed by the French critics. This, and his continuing participation in the said Salon led to his being made an associate and member of the jury of the Painting Section in 1912. He produced a large oeuvre, designing stage sets, writing poetry and newspaper articles, and illustrating magazines, but there can be no doubt that he ultimately achieved wide recognition and celebrity due to the numerous mural paintings that he executed for public and private buildings and churches in Paris and in the French provinces. In 1926, Alberto J. Pani, the then Mexican Ambassador to France, asked him to decorate the main reception room of the Mexican Legation in Paris where he painted 18 panels, some of which are exhibited at the MUNAL. Saint Sebastian entered the museum as part of its founding endowment in 1982.