The papers of Peruvian Surrealist poet and artist César Moro include notebooks, drafts of poems, manuscripts of articles,
personal diaries, exhibition catalogs, photographs, and correspondence with a number of other artists of the era, including
André Coyné, Benjamin Péret, Paul Eluard, Leonora Carrington, Wolfgang Paalen, and Rufino Tamayo. Also included are two collages
by Moro, a watercolor by Alice Rahon [Paalen], an etching by Wolfgang Paalen, and several works by mentally ill patients at
the Hospital Larco Herrera, where Moro taught. The collection also includes books and journals from Moro's personal library.
César Moro was born Alfredo Quíspez Asín on August 19, 1903 in Lima, Peru. He changed his name in 1923 to that of a character
in a story by Gomez de la Serna. Two years later he joined his older brother in Paris, where he intended to become a ballet
dancer, but instead began writing poetry in French and painting, both activities influenced by the Surrealist movement. During
his time in Paris he participated in exhibitions and published poems in Surrealist publications. He also met and began long
friendships with other artists, including Benjamín Péret, Paul Éluard, and André Breton.
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(12 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
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