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Joaquin Torres-Garcia papers, 1921-1974

Torres-García, Joaquín, 1874-1949



Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (microfilmed on 2 partial reels)

Summary: Twenty-eight letters from Katherine Dreier, Marcel Duchamp, Julio Gonzalez, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Jean Xceron, Theo Van Doesburg, Michel Seuphor, and Maria Ewa Łunkiewicz-Rogoyska, 1921-1943; an essay "Le Planisme de Torres-Garcia" by Van Doesburg, 1929; photographs of Torres-Garcia's work; clippings, 1929-1971; 7 exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1921-1974; 5 books written and illustrated by Torres-Garcia, 1930-1938, including CE QUE JE SAIS, ET CE QUE JE FAIS PAR MOI-MEME, 1930, RAISON ET NATURE, 1932, LA TRADICION DEL HOMBRE ABSTRACTO, 1938, and METAFISICA DE LA PREHISTORIA INDOAMERICANA; and a booklet TORRES-GARCIA, 1934, by Roberto J. Payro and Guillermo de Torre.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Uraguay and New York, N.Y. Was a proponent of the Latin American Constructivist movement. His son Horacio Torres was also an artist.


Copies of letters donated by Cecilia Torres, Torres-Garcia's daughter-in-law in 1977. Originals owned by the Getty Research Institute, History of Art and the Humanities.

Language Note

Letters and most printed items are in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4706-4707 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

All letters and several clippings are photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Joaquin Torres-Garcia papers, 1921-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.