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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Julio Payró letters received
    Dates: 1937-1971
    Dates: 1940-1955
    Collection number: 990020
    Collector: Payró, Julio E., 1899-1971
    Extent: 354 items
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Libary
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: The collection comprises 354 letters from 116 correspondents sent to the Argentine art critic Julio Payró between 1937 and 1971.
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    Language: Collection material is in Spanish.

    Administrative Information


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    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Julio Payró letters received, 1937-1971, bulk 1940-1955, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 990020

    Acquisition Information

    Received 1999

    Processing History

    Processed by Onica Busuioceanu

    Related Materials

    Pettoruti, Emilio, Letters to Julio Payró, 1924-1957, bulk 1952-1957, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2001.M.18

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Julio Payró began his career as a painter, studying with the Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres-García in Paris and Barcelona (1907), then with William de Gouve in Brussels from 1912 to 1918, after which he returned to Buenos Aires. In 1928 he decided to work solely as an art critic, building a reputation as a major analyst of 20th century art movements in Argentina and Latin America.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises 354 letters from 116 correspondents sent to the Argentine art critic Julio Payró between 1937 and 1971. There are 7 letters by Payró: one is a carbon copy, the others are written as answers on the backs of letters received. Two thirds of the correspondents are artists, mostly from Argentina and a few other Southern American countries; some are European-born émigrés to South America. The other third are intellectuals, including art critics and historians, writers, editors, publishers, anthropologists, poets, scholars, journalists, professors, art collectors, sociologists, and the Chilean dancer Ana Itelman.
    With rare exceptions, the correspondents are thanking Payró for helping them to get grants for studies in Europe, or financial help to publish their works. Most of them are grateful for Payró's reviews of their works. The artists write to Payró about their struggles in Paris, their work, their hopes, their exhibitions. The group of 40 letters in this collection related to Payro's book Veintidos Pintores, published in 1944, documents his dedication to promoting modern art in Argentina.
    Among the most significant letters are those from the painter and poet Eduardo Jonquieres (19), the writer Eduardo Mallea (7), Victoria Ocampo, the founder of the Sur review (9), the Uruguyan writer Juan Carlos Onetti (48), the Argentine artist Luís Seoane (3), the Uruguyan painter Joaquín Torres-García (9), and 23 from the Argentine painter Emilio Pettoruti, whose correspondence of earlier years is also in the Getty Research Library (Special collections accession number 2001.M.18.)


    Arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Castro, Sergio de, 1922- --Correspondence
    Jonquieres, Eduardo--Correspondence
    Mallea, Eduardo, 1903-1982--Correspondence
    Ocampo, Victoria, 1890-1979--Correspondence
    Onetti, Juan Carlos, 1909-1994--Correspondence
    Pettoruti, Emilio, 1892-1971--Correspondence
    Seoane, Luis--Correspondence
    Torres-García, Joaquín, - 1874-1949 --Correspondence

    Subjects - Topics

    Authors ‡z Argentina ‡v Correspondence
    Artists ‡z Argentina ‡v Correspondence
    Artists ‡z Uruguay ‡v Correspondence
    Authors ‡z Uruguay ‡v Correspondence
    Art critics ‡z Argentina ‡v Correspondence
    Painters ‡z Argentina ‡v Correspondence
    Painters ‡z Uruguay ‡v Correspondence
    Sculptors ‡z Argentina ‡v Correspondence


    De Castro, Sergio, 1922
    Jonquieres, Eduardo, 1918-2000
    Mallea, Eduardo, 1903-1982
    Ocampo, Victoria, 1890-1979
    Onetti, Juan Carlos, 1909-1994
    Pettoruti, Emilio, 1892-1971
    Seoane, Luis
    Torres-García, Joaquín, - 1874-1949


    Sur Veintidos Pintores