TORRES-GARCIA Joaquin (1874-1949)

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TORRES-GARCIA Joaquin (1874-1949)

L.A.S. "J. Torres-Garcia" with DRAWING, Montevideo 14 May 1934, to Armando VASSEUR in Madrid; 3 pages in-4; in Spanish.
Beautifully illustrated letter about his return to Uruguay.
After living in Paris (1926-1932) and Madrid (1932-1934), TorresGarcia decided to return to Uruguay. Shortly after his return, this letter is addressed to one of those who helped him to return home, Armando VASSEUR, Uruguayan poet and translator (1878-1969, he was Walt Whitman's first translator into Spanish, and was Uruguayan consul in Madrid).
Upon his arrival, Torres-Garcia was welcomed as a European avant-garde painter. He was received as he could never have imagined, and the perspectives that emerge are very beautiful ("las perspectivas son muy bellas"). He is besieged by people who ask him to give lectures, and he answers yes to everyone. The artists believe that he will achieve the miracle of bringing them all together ("Los artistos creen que yo voy à relaizar el milagro de unirlos à todos"). Perhaps he will succeed, because they have already laid the foundations for an association of Uruguayan artists of the Independent type, without jury or awards ("las bases para una associacion de Artistas Uruguayas, tipo Indépendants, sin jurado ni recompensos"). He's been here for two weeks and already he knows almost all the people you need to know. He also went to greet the President, who seemed interested in what he wants to achieve here. His work has interested everyone who has seen it. He believes that he will do a lot of good, because everyone has a lot to learn. He considers that he is saved ("Me considero aquí salvado"), because the reaction has been great from everyone: they are interested and that is enough for him. Then, about his stay in Spain, he regrets this year and a half lost in Madrid!
He wants people to know that it is to Vasseur alone that he owes his return. He admires the beauty of Montevideo, and tells of his misadventures to land his family and the friend who was traveling with them. He talks about their friend Casal, who is to publish an article in the magazine Alfar, and talks about Vasseur's work, who works in silence to create a strong work, of great maturity, and who waits in tranquility, because he knows that this work is fundamental . The letter ends with a drawing, perhaps the sketch of a fresco in which we can see a weather vane, a sun and a character...
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