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Finding aid for the Joaquín Torres-García papers, circa 1904-1994
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joaquín Torres-García papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1904-1994
    Number: 960087
    Creator/Collector: Torres-García, Joaquín, 1874-1949
    Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet (9 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Uruguayan constructivist painter. Papers comprise published and unpublished manuscripts (including those by and about Torres-Garcia), sketches, charts, pamphlets, reviews of exhibitions, gallery notices, and art journals and catalogs. The collection also includes photocopies of Torres-Garcia's letters, manuscripts, and reviews. The development and impact of Torres-Garcia's art and ideas is traced through publications by groups affiliated with Torres-Garcia, including the Asociacíon de Arte Constructivo and El Taller Torres-García.
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    Language: Collection material is in Spanish; Castilian

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Joaquín Torres-García was a Uruguayan constructivist painter influenced by Surrealism, abstract geometry, and Pre-Columbian art. He lived and worked in Catalonia, New York City, Paris, and Montevideo.

    Administrative Information


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    Preferred Citation

    Joaquin Torres-Garcia papers, ca. 1904-1994, Research Library, The Getty Research Insititute, Accession no. 960087.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers document Torres-García's artistic development and career through unpublished manuscripts and sketches, publications by Torres-García and the groups Asociacíon de Arte Constructivo and El Taller Torres-García, and ephemera. Included are manifestoes and pamphlets, invitations and announcements for exhibitions, clippings of exhibition reviews, books by and about Torres-García, art periodicals and catalogs, as well as photocopies of letters, manuscripts and reviews.

    Arrangement note

    The papers are organized in 5 series, each arranged chronologically. Series I. Manuscripts, c. 1911-1943; Series II. Correspondence and writing (photocopies), ca. 1912-1943; Series III. Publications, ca. 1914-1959; Series IV. Ephemera, ca. 1904-1991; Series V. Clippings, ca. 1942-1994

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Torres-García, Joaquín, 1874-1949

    Subjects - Topics

    Art, American
    Constructivism (Art)
    Mural painting and decoration
    Mural painting and decoration--20th century

    Subjects - Titles

    Historia de mi vida Metafisica de la prehistorica indoamericana Mi opinion sobre la exposition de artistas Norteamericanos: [contibution al problema del arte Norteamericanos]

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Clippings (information artifacts)


    Amigos del Arte (Association : Buenos Aires, Argentina)
    Arzadun, Carmelo de, 1888-1968
    Asociación de Arte Constuctivo
    Cine Club del Uruguay
    Doesburg, Theo van, 1883-1931
    Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
    John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
    Miró, Joan, 1893-1983
    Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944
    Ozenfant, Amédée, 1886-1966
    Salvat-Papasseit, Joan, 1894-1924
    Taller Torres-García