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Joaquín Torres García
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seen by Ramon Casas (MNAC).
Born (1874-07-28)28 July 1874
Montevideo, Uruguay
Died 8 August 1949(1949-08-08) (aged 75)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Uruguayan
Education Escuela Oficial de Bellas Artes and Academia Baixas, Barcelona
Known for Painting, Sculpture
Movement Constructivism
Awards Premio Nacional de Pintura (Uruguay)

Joaquín Torres García (28 July 1874 – 8 August 1949), was a Uruguayan plastic artist, also known as the founder of Constructive Universalism. In 1978, most of his works were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, while a large exhibition of the artist's works was being held. His likeness is on the 1998 Uruguay 5 Pesos Uruguayos banknote.

Biography[edit]

The Early Years: 1874–1917[edit]

Joaquin Torres García was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, from the union of Joaquim Torres Garcia (son of Joan Torres and Rosa Fradera, rope makers from Mataró, Spain) and María García Pérez (daughter of José María García, master carpenter from the Canary Islands, and Misia Rufina Pérez, a native-born Uruguayan aristocrat).

After a difficult infancy—because of the family's economic and domestic instability—and after essentially raising himself, in 1890, Torres García decided to emigrate with the purpose of becoming a painter, having come to the conclusion that he could not receive proper training in the capital of Uruguay. Therefore, along with his entire family, he decided to travel to Europe in June 1891, at age 17. His father's family proceeded directly to Mataró, Spain. There, Torres García began to attend a local academy by day, where he learned the basics of the trade, and at night attended drawing classes in an Arts and Trades school. In 1892, the family decided to settle in Barcelona, which enabled Torres García to enroll in the School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Bellas Artes de Barcelona).

At Barcelona's School of Fine Arts, Torres García fell in with such future renowned painters as Joaquim Mir, Joaquim Sunyer, Ricard Canals and Isidre Nonell, all of whom were influenced by the popular French Impressionism of the moment, and by the writings of Émile Zola. The group used to paint in the suburbs of the city, imitating the painters at the vanguard of that time: Monet, Sisley, and Renoir. Because his classes were at night, Torres García decided to take advantage of the day by enrolling in the Academia Baixas, which had a better academic reputation than the School of Fine Arts.

In 1898, Torres García matriculated in the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc, where the institution's Catholic leanings made a strong impression on him. There, he met Josep Pijoan, Eduardo Marquina, Pere Moles and Luis de Zulueta. At the beginning of 1894, Torres García participated in the Foreign Section of the General Exposition of Fine Arts (Exposiciones Generales de Bellas Artes). The next year, he began to collaborate with the Catholic Typographic Bookstore (Librería Tipográfica Católica), a work that continued until 1899. In 1897, he presented his works in the exhibition hall of La Vanguardia Newspaper and participated in a collective exhibition in the Artistic Circle of Sant Lluc - [Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc]. During this period, Torres not only struck up friendships with painters and sculptors of the likes of Manolo Hugué, Pichot, the brothers Oleguer and Sebastià Junyent, the brothers Sunyer, Pablo Picasso, the brothers Joan and Juli González, and Planella, but also with musicians such as Antoni Ribera. In the ensuing years, Torres García published various drawings in La Vanguardia under the name of "Quim Torras," and in the magazines Iris, Barcelona Cómica and La Saeta.

From 1901, Torres García started to paint frescos, attracted by the timelessness of the older works created using this technique, and began a dynamic working relationship with a group that mixed together painters, musicians, sculptors and poets; all of the above-mentioned would meet in Julio González's studio, attend artistic get-togethers at the [Cercle de Sant Lluc], classical music concerts at the Liceu, and debates and conversations at Els Quatre Gats, the Soler tailor-shop, and other locations. In May 1903, he published an article in the monthly magazine Universitat Catalana entitled "Augusta et Augusta," affirming that artistic form would never copy reality and defending his idealist conception of art.

He began to do murals, first with Adrià Gual and later in the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's remodeling of the La Seu. Gaudi hired him later with Llongueiras and Iu Pascualfor the interior restoration of La Catedral de Santa María de Palma de Mallorca. He worked on the first two lateral stained glass windows and the rose window of the Capilla Real, as well as windows for the Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. This collaboration lasted until 1905, exposing Torres to Gaudí's collaborative and interdisciplinary vision of work, as well as the necessity to consider painting and architecture as a union.

He gave sketching classes in private homes, such as the home of Don Jaime Piña y Segura, father of Torres García's wife-to-be Manolita Piña i Rubíes, as well as in the home of composer Isaac Albéniz where he taught Albéniz's son Julio. In 1904, he received his first mural commissions: in the chapel of the Santísimo Sacramento of the church of San Agustín in Barcelona (which murals were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War) and the apse of the Iglesia de la Divina Pastora in Sarrià, which was quickly covered by other paintings and is no longer visible today.

In 1905, his style of work formally evolved and already evident was that which his enemies most used to attack him—"Planism"—commonly known as "defectos de factura" (carefree or enlightened, because the painting was to be agreeable to the sight, the pictorial qualities flattering to the senses). In 1906, he untertook to separate the superficiality that underlay his works, seeking to find the fount of all civilization, Greek art.

In 1907, Torres García began his teaching job in the Mont d’Or school, founded by the pedagogue Joan Palau Vera in Sarrià, which also introduced for the first time in Spain life drawing. He married Manolita Piña 20 August 1909 in Barcelona. In this period, Torres García substituted formal elements of Greek origin for those specific to Catalonia (villas, farmers, labourers, etc.) imbuing his work with a contemporary Catalonian spirit.

The Argentine journalist Roberto Payró commissioned from Torres García two large panels for the Uruguayan pavilion at the Brussels International exposition of 1910 in which he represented allegories of agriculture and of ranching. In passing, he visited Florence, Rome and Paris. On his return, he settled in Vilassar de Mar, where his first daughter, Olimpia, was born. His work delighted some of his followers in Barcelona, such as Eugeni d'Ors, Roman Jori, Manuel Folch i Torres and Josep Clarà, who on his return convinced him to work on artistic projects that would bring renown to Catalonia. Several distinct commissions in the old palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia (the Catalan government), which had then been recently purchased as the seat of the provincial council of Barcelona, ranged from some stained glass for the windows of the hall of the Consell de la Mancomunitat de Catalunya, to decorating the walls of the Salón de Sant Jordi. This last project, a series of murals, was the largest and most important in Torres-García's life, which he was expected to execute in accord with the ideological guidelines laid out by the president of this institution, Enric Prat de la Riba. After a trip to Italy to study fresco technique, he established himself in Terrassa, to which he had moved the Mont d’Or School.

In May 1913 he published his first book, Notes sobre Art ("Notes on Art"), which marked the de facto break with his principal theoretical defender, Eugeni d'Ors. D'Ors believed that Torres García had idealogically usurped the reference to the historic-iconographic Catalan identity that he had included in his book. On 19 June 1913 his second child, Augusto was born. He began to execute the first fresco for the Salón de Sant Jordi, La Cataluña eterna ("Eternal Catalonia"). At the end of that same month, be began the final stage of his first fresco for the San Jorge[disambiguation needed] Salon (gallery), La Cataluńa eterna. At the same time he was finishing the fresco, Torres García founded the Escuela de Decoración (School of Decoration/Decorative Arts) in Sarrià with a group of young pupils, with the specific intent of founding a school of muralists and decorators who would put his theories into practice. In August of the next year (1914), the Mont d'Or School closed due to bankruptcy. Torres García decided to remain in Terrassa, where he designed and decorated what would become his residence, Mon Repòs.

On 10 December 1915, his third child was born at Mon Repòs, a daughter baptized Ifigenia, Aglás y Elena. In 1917, he met the Uruguayan painter Rafael Barradas, an important person in his life since he served as a catalyst for his artistic evolution toward abstraction, pursuing in his work a closeness to contemporary art from the complementary prism of tradition. Upon the death of Prat de la Riba in 1917, Torres García immediately suspended work on his decorative jobs in the Salón de Sant Jordi, as well as his commissions. Beset by economic scarcity, he launched himself into a new activity: toymaking.

The Formative Years: 1919–1939[edit]

Along about 1919, Torres García met and associated with such people as J. V. Foix and Joan Miró. He also returned to giving private drawing and painting lessons, one of his new clients being Sigfried Ribera, son of the composer Antoni Ribera.

Torres García's cover illustration for Catalan poet Joan Salvat-Papasseit's Poemes en ondes hertzianes (1919)

In 1920, Torres García left with his family in tow for Paris. He never returned to Barcelona. From there he set off for New York City, where he met such Spaniards as Rafael Sala, Joan Agell and Claudio Orejuela. He also met Max Weber, the musician Edgar Varèse, Charles Logasa, John Xcéron, the Whitney sisters, the painters Joseph Stella, David Karfunkle, Marcel Duchamp, and finally the Tawsend couple, who put him in contact with the Society of Independent Artists, founded by Katherine Sophie Dreier, Marcel Duchamp, and Man Ray, among others.

In the absence of any income, Torres García decided to return to Europe—specifically Italy—to dedicate himself anew to the toy business. He founded the Aladdin Toy Company, which received important orders from the Dutch house Metz & Co. In 1924, his fourth son, the painter Horacio, was born in Livorno, Italy. Charles Logasa encouraged Torres García to paint again with the intention of organizing an exhibition in Paris. Receiving favorable reviews, he decided to move his family to Paris in 1926. In 1928, he and Jean Hélion, Alfred Aberdam, Pierre Daura and Ernest Engel Rozier put on the exhibition Cinq refusés par le jury du salón d’Automne ("Five refused by the jury of the Autumn Salon"). Among the attendees was Theo van Doesburg, with whom he initiated a great friendship and extensive collaboration.

In this same period, he met Michel Seuphor, who presented him to Jean and Sophie Arp, Adya and Otto Van Rees, Luigi Russolo, and Georges Vantongerloo. Torres García was soon admitted to the group's meetings, which were headed by Piet Mondrian. In these meetings were forged the nucleus of the future group Cercle et Carré ("Circle and Square"), promoter of the first exhibition of constructivist and abstract art in 1930, and of a magazine also called Cercle et Carré. Torres García contributed to constructivism the order and logic found in rules of composition such as the golden ratio and the inclusion of symbolic figures that represent man, knowledge, science, and the city.

In 1932, he left Paris because of the economic crisis and took up residence in the Madrid of the Second Spanish Republic, establishing in 1933 the Grupo Constructivo, with whom he exhibited in the Autumn Salon. The group wrote three texts called Guiones ("Guides") that reflected the spirit from which the group was formed and in which is evident the constructivist influence of Torres García.

In 1934, a year and a half after his arrival in Paris, Torres García decided to move for the last time to Uruguay, to his native Montevideo, where he was received as a member of the European artistic elite. He immediately exhibited his progressive artistic theories in a country rooted in the conservative European sensibility, that imposed the epithet of "quality" on everything imported from the old country, which soon turned Torres García into a controversial figure.

Torres García founded the Uruguay Society of Arts ("Sociedad de las Artes del Uruguay") with the objective of integrating all the arts and acting as a nexus between artists and the public. He presented the first retrospective of his work, in which his oldest son Augusto also participated, and began to give classes on the history of art at the Escuela Taller de Artes Plásticas. He rented a space at 1037 Calle Uruguay, which he converted into an exposition space known as Estudio 1037, and organized a first art showing in which participated national artists—Carmelo de Arzadun, Gilberto Bellini, José Cúneo Perinetti, Luis Mazzey, Bernabé Michelena, Zoma Baitler, Carlos Prevosti, Augusto Torres-García, and himself—as well as foreigners—Germán Cueto, Pere Daura, E. Engel, Glycka, Jean Hélion, Luc Lafnet, Charles Logasa, O. Van Rees and Eduardo Yepes.

In 1934, Torres García was named honorary professor of the Faculty of Architecture of Montevideo and in 1935 he published a book Estructura. He created the Asociación de Arte Constructivo (AAC) ("Constructive Art Association"), impregnated with the spirit of a truly American art. Through the society met many artists, such as Rosa Acle, J. Álvarez Marqués, Carmelo de Arzadum, Alfredo Cáceres, María Cańizas, Luis Castellanos, Amalia Nieto, Héctor Ragni, Lia Rivas, Carmelo Rivello, Alberto Soriano, Augusto Torres, Horacio Torres and Nicolás Urta. In 1936 the first issue of the AAC's publicity piece Círculo y Cuadrado ("Circle and Square") was published, continuing the French Cercle et Carré. The Círculo y Cuadrado published seven issues between 1936 and 1938, followed by a special final issue in December 1943. Its motto was "Total intransigence against naturalism." The intense teaching activity that Torres García maintained from 1934 to 1938 did not produce the results he had hoped and he questioned the continuation of the AAC in its current form.

In 1938, Torres García began to show influence by Pre-Columbian and indigenous art, such as is apparent in his work Monumento Cósmico, which juxtaposes figures like those he used in Paris, figures that made reference to man and the city using the traditional indigenous symbolism of South America.

From a philosophical point of view, Torres García was strongly influenced by the Theosophy of Helena Blavatsky and the Anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner, as were other artists of the day, such as Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky. In 1932, Torres García had joined the Theosophy Society in Uruguay, where he gave a talk entitled "Geometry, Creation, Proportion."

The Later Years: 1940–1949[edit]

In 1940, the AAC published the book 500ª Conferencia ("500th Conference"), which gathered together all of the talks Torres García had given in Montevideo since his return. The book also signaled the end of the AAC. Torres García's disappointment with regard to the creation of the group and its failure is found in the published manuscript La ciudad sin nombre ("The City Without Name"), in which Torres García reflects his disillusion with the situation.

América invertida (inverted America, 1943)

His despair at the difficulty of establishing constructivist art in Uruguay led Torres García to propose a figurative journey reviving the use of constructivism and using Native American cultural symbolism, creating in 1943 the Torres García Studio (Taller Torres García), or Studio of the South (Taller del Sur), composed of young artists. The next year, Torres García and his students undertook the commission to paint constructivist murals in the Martirené pavilion of the Hospital de Saint Bois on the outskirts of the capital. They executed a total of 35 murals, of which Torres García painted the seven largest while supervising the rest. In 1944, he was granted the Premio Nacional de Pintura ("National Prize of Painting"), receiving a great homage with participation by Pablo Picasso, Gregorio Marañón, Pablo Neruda, Lipschitz, Braque, and Ozenfant. That year he also published his own artistic theory, called universalismo constructivo ("Constructive Universalism").

I have said School of the South; because in reality, our north is the South. There must not be north, for us, except in opposition to our South. Therefore we now turn the map upside down, and then we have a true idea of our position, and not as the rest of the world wishes. The point of America, from now on, forever, insistently points to the South, our north. —Joaquín Torres García, Constructive Universalism, Bs. As., Poseidon, 1941.

In 1945, he published the first issue of the magazine Removedor, which served as a place to debate criticisms of his works and those of his students, as well as a publicity tool.

After his death in Montevideo 8 August 1949, the studio continued to function, being directed by some of his most dedicated students, until it finally closed in 1962 (although there is controversy regarding this date). The last official publication of the studio saw the light of day in January 1961 and was the third issue of the magazine Escuela del Sur ("The School of the South") which had replaced Removedor, whose final issue, number 28, was July–August 1953.

Torres García's call to artists not to renounce being Latin Americans, pretending to be contemporary through the formal investigation in their artistic careers, provided a new dimension in the construction of a modern and American language, constituting one of the definitive episodes in the Latin American vanguards.

The Torres García Museum, Montevideo

Works[edit]

Writings[edit]

  • Augusta et Augusta, Barcelona, Universitat Catalana, 1904
  • Dibujo educativo en el colegio Mont D’Or, Barcelona, 1907
  • Notes sobre Art, Barcelona, 1913
  • Diàlegs, 1914
  • Descubrimiento de sí mismo, 1914
  • Consells als artistes, Barcelona, Un enemic del poble, 1917
  • Em digué tot aixó, Barcelona, La Revista, 1917
  • D’altra orbita, Barcelona, Un enemic del poble, 1917
  • Devem Caminar, Barcelona, Un enemic del poble, 1917
  • Art-Evolució, Barcelona, Un enemic del poble, 1917
  • El Públic i les noves tendéncies d’art, Barcelona, Velli nou, 1918
  • Plasticisme, Barcelona, Un Enemic del poble, 1918
  • Natura i Art, Barcelona, Un Enemic del poble, 1918
  • L’Art en relació al home etern i l’home que passa, Sitges, Imprenta El eco de Sitges. 1919
  • La Regeneració de si mateix, Barcelona, Salvat Papasseit Editor, 1919
  • Foi, París, 1930
  • Ce que je sais, et ce que je fais par moi-même, Losones, Suiza, 1930
  • Pére soleil, París, Fundación Torres García, 1931
  • Raison et nature, Ediciones Imán, París, 1932
  • Estructura, Montevideo, 1935
  • De la tradición andina: Arte precolombino, Montevideo, Círculo y cuadrado, 1936
  • Manifiesto 2: Constructivo 100 %, Montevideo, Asociación de Arte Constructivo, 1938
  • La tradición del hombre abstracto (Doctrina constructivista). Montevideo, 1938
  • Historia de mi vida. Montevideo, 1939
  • Metafísica de la prehistoria indoamericana, Montevideo, Asociación de Arte Constructivo, 1939
  • Manifiesto 3, Montevideo, Asociación de Arte Constructivo, 1940
  • La ciudad sin nombre. Montevideo, Uruguay, Asociación de Arte Constructivo, 1942
  • Universalismo Constructivo, Montevideo, 1944
  • Con respecto a una futura creación literaria y dos poemas, Divertimento 1 y Divertimento 11, Montevideo, Revista Arturo, 1944
  • La decoración mural del pabellón Martirené de la colonia Saint Bois. Pinturas murales del pabellón hospital J.J. Martirené de la colonia Saint Bois (con Esther de Cáceres, Carmelo de Arzadum, Alfredo Cáceres, Pablo Purriel, Juan R. Menchaca, y Guido Castillo). Montevideo, Gráficas Sur, 1944
  • En defensa de las expresiones modernas del arte, Montevideo, 1944
  • Nueva escuela de arte de Uruguay. Montevideo, Asociación de Arte Constructivo, 1946
  • La regla abstracta. Montevideo, Asociación de Arte Constructivo, 1946
  • Mística de la pintura, Montevideo, 1947
  • Lo aparente y lo concreto en el arte, Montevideo, 1948
  • La recuperación del objeto, Montevideo, 1948

Paintings[edit]

  • La colada (The laundry), oil on canvas, 1903, National Museum of Visual Arts. Montevideo.
  • La casa del lavadero (The house of the laundry room), oil on canvas on wood, 1903, Museo Abadía de Montserrat. Barcelona.
  • El pintor con su familia (The painter with his family), oil on canvas, 1917, Museo Abadía de Montserrat. Barcelona.
  • Hoy, tempera sobre cartón (Today, tempera on cardboard), 1921, private collection. Valencia.
  • Escena callejera en Nueva York (Street scene in New York), oil painting, 1921.
  • Paisaje de ciudad (City landscape), oil on cardboard, 1928.
  • Nueva York (New York), oil on canvas, 1929, Museo Abadía de Montserrat. Barcelona
  • Estructura avec forme T, 1930, Collection Alejandra, Aurelia and Claudio Torres (2011)
  • Composición simétrica universal (Universal symmetrical composition), oil on canvas, 1931, Eduardo Constantini Collection. Buenos Aires.
  • Constructivo con campana (Constructive with bell), 1932, oil on canvas, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo.
  • Composición en rojo, blanco y negro (Composition in red, white and black), 1938.
  • Suburbio (Suburb), oil on cardboard, 1938, Museo Blanes. Montevideo.
  • Arte Universal (Universal art), oil on canvas, 1943.

Murals[edit]

  • Decoración mural de la Capilla del Santísimo Sacramento y de Montserrat de la Iglesia de San Agustín, Barcelona, 1904
  • Decoración mural del ábside de la iglesia de la Divina Pastora, Sarriá, Barcelona, 1906
  • Decoración mural del despacho de Hienda del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona. Barcelona, 1908
  • Decoración mural del pabellón del Uruguay en la exposición universal con las alegorías Ganadería y Agricultura, Bruselas, 1910
  • Palas introduciendo a la Filosofía en el Helikon como Xª Musa, Barcelona, 1911
  • La Cataluña eterna, decoración mural del salón San Jorge, Palacio de la Generalitat, Barcelona, 1915
  • La edad de oro de la humanidad, decoración mural del salón San Jorge, Palacio de la Generalidad, Barcelona, 1915
  • Las musas o Las artes, decoración mural del salón San Jorge, Palacio de la Generalidad, Barcelona, 1916
  • Lo temporal no es más que símbolo, decoración mural del salón San Jorge, Palacio de la Generalidad, Barcelona, 1916
  • Decoración mural de Mon Repós, Tarrasa, Barcelona, 1915
  • Decoración mural del domicilio Badiella, Tarrasa, Barcelona, 1916
  • Maternidad, Clínica del Doctor Rodríguez López, Montevideo, 1944
  • Forma, Decoración mural constructiva, pabellón Martirené del Hospital de Saint Bois, Montevideo, 1944
  • El pez, Decoración mural constructiva, pabellón Martirené del Hospital de Saint Bois, Montevideo, 1944
  • Pax in lucem, Decorsion mural constructiva, pabellón Martirené del Hospital de Saint Bois, Montevideo, 1944
  • El tranvía, Decoración mural constructiva, pabellón Martirené del Hospital de Saint Bois, Montevideo, 1944
  • El sol, Decoración mural constructiva, pabellón Martirené del Hospital de Saint Bois, Montevideo, 1944
  • Locomotora Blanca, Decoración mural constructiva, pabellón Martirené del Hospital de Saint Bois, Montevideo, 1944
  • Pachamama, Decoración mural constructiva, pabellón Martirené del Hospital de Saint Bois, Montevideo, 1944

Sculptures[edit]

  • Pachamama, wood and paint, Montevideo, 1944.

Bibliography[edit]

  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A; ESTHER OF CÁCERES; CAR IT TO ME OF ARZADUM; ALFREDO CÁCERES; PABLO PURRIEL; JUAN R. MENCHACA AND GUIDO CASTILLO, the decoration mural of the Martirené pavilion of the colony Saint Bois. Murals paintings of pavilion J.J. Martirené Hospital of the colony Saint Bois. South graphs. Montevideo, 1944.
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, the city without name. Ed. by the Association of Constructive Art. Montevideo, 1941.
  • CLAUDE SCHAEFER, Joaquin Torres Garci'a. Ed. Poseidón. Library Argentina de Arte. Buenos Aires, 1945.
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, the abstract rule. Edition facsimile, Buenos Aires, 1967. Published originally by the Association of Constructive Art like part of the New School of Art of Uruguay. Montevideo, Uruguay, 1946
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, New school of art of Uruguay. Publications of the association of constructive art. Montevideo, 1946.
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, pretends and concrete it in the art. Publishing center of Latin America, Fundamental Uruguayan Library, Chapter 41. Seat of Independence, 1374, Montevideo. Uruguay. Avda. of Mayo 1365, Buenos Aires. Argentina. 1948.
  • JORGE River plate ROMERO BREST, Painters and engravers. Ed. by Argus. Cordova, Buenos Aires, 1951.
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, the recovery of the object (Lessons on plastic). Published by the Artigas Library. Collection of Classic Uruguayan. Volume I and II, corresponding to the numbers of collection 75 and 76. Montevideo, 1965.
  • J. F. RÀFOLS, biographical Dictionary of artists of Catalonia. Tower-Garci'a, Joaquin, Volume III, p. 153. Barcelona, Milà, 1966.
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, the tradition of the abstract man (constructivista Doctrine). Published by the commission of Tributes to Towers Garci'a (Ministry of Education and Culture of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay) Edition to facsimilar of the original one of 1938. Montevideo, 1969.
  • DANIEL ROBBINS, Joaquin Tower-Garci'a, 1874–1949. Ed. by Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, 1970. ISBN 0-911517-23-5
  • ENRIC JARDÍ, Torres García. Editorial Polígrafa, S. A., Balmes, 54 – 08007, Barcelona, 1973. ISBN 84-343-0180-6
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, Raison ET nature. Published by the commission of tributes to Towers Garci'a of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay. Montevideo, 1974. First Edition Editions Magnet. Paris, 1932.
  • Joaquín Towers Garci'a. Bibliography. Centenary of its birth. 1874-28 July-1974. It publishes commission of Tributes to Towers Garci'a (Ministry of Education and Culture of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay) Montevideo, 1974.
  • JACQUES LASSAIGNE, ANGEL KALENBERG, MARIA ELENA VIEIRA GIVES WHISTLES, MICHEL SEUPHOR, JEAN HÉLION, MOUNTAIN PABLO, Tower-Garci'a. Construction ET symbols. Published by the Museum of Modern Art of Villa of Paris. Catalogue of the exhibition made between June and August 1975. Paris, 1975.
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, Escrits on art. 62 editions and the Caixa. Barcelona 1980.
  • JACQUES LASSAIGNE, Tower-Garci'a. Works destroyed in the fire of the museum of modern art of Rio de Janeiro, Published by the Torres Foundation Garci'a. Montevideo, Uruguay. 1981.
  • JOAQUÍN TOWERS GARCI'A, constructive Universalismo. Ed. Alliance Forms. Numbers 42 and 43. Madrid 1984.
  • GUIDO CASTLE, Augusto Torres, Edited by Scala Books with the Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery of the University of Texas AT Austin. Written up by Elizabeth K. Fonseca, Italy, 1986.
  • MARGIT ROWELL, THEO VAN DOESBURG, JOAQUIN TORRES GARCI'A AND CECILIA BUZIO OF TOWERS, Towers Garci'a: Structure. Paris-Montevideo 1924–1944 Edited by Foundation Joan Watched. Catalogue of the exhibition in the Fundació Joan Watched, Parc de Montjuic in March 1986. Barcelona, 1986.
  • ANGEL KALENBERG, Seis Maestros De La Pintura Uruguaya: Juan Manuel Blanes, Carlos Federico Saez, Pedro Figari, Joaquin Torres García, Rafael Barradas y José Cúneo. Edited by Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires. Catálogo de la exposición realizada entre Septiembre y Octubre de 1987. Avda. del Libertador, 1473. Buenos Aires, 1987. Pinted in Montevideo, 1987.
  • ALICIA TO HAVE AND CECILIA TORRES, Joaquin Torres Garci'a. Eternal Catalonia. Sketches and drawings for the fresh airs of the Delegation of Barcelona. Edited by Foundation Torres Garci'a. Montevideo. Uruguay, 1988.
  • MARÍA JESUS GARCI'A PUIG, Joaquin Torres Garci'a and the Constructive Universalismo: The education of the art in Uruguay. Editions of Hispanic culture. Collection Art. Madrid, 1990. ISBN 84-7232-558-X
  • JOAQUIN TOWERS GARCI'A, Joaquin Tower-Garci'a. History of my life. Ed. Paidós Ibérica, S.A. Paidós collection testimonies, Mariano Cubí, 92 – 08021 Barcelona, 1990.
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