Collection CHC5365 - Enrique Caravia Montenegro Papers

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Enrique Caravia Montenegro Papers


  • 1902-1960 (Creation)
  • 1940s-1950s (Creation)


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Enrique Caravia Montenegro (1905-1992) was a Cuban artist active in the mid-1900s. Born in Havana, Caravia studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes "San Alejandro" in Havana and the Academia Española de Bellas Artes in Rome in the 1920s.

He worked in various mediums, including oil painting, drawing and watercolor, and had various solo and group exhibitions from the 1920s to the 1990s. His work was featured in "Primer Salón de Humoristas" at the Academia de Ciencias de Cuba (1921); an exhibition at the Lyceum of Havana (1933); the Bienal Hispanoamericana de Madrid (1951); "Grabados de Enrique Caravia Montenegro" at the Museo Histórico Plaza in Havana (1987); and "Estampas cubanas de tres siglos" at the Museo Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá (posthumous, 1996).

Caravia won the first prize at the Exposición Interamericana in Seville (1929); the silver at the XVIII Salón de Bellas Artes hosted by Havana's Círculo de Bellas Artes (1936); and the gold at both the XXVI and XXXVII Salones de Bellas Artes (1944 and 1955, respectively).

Caravia died in Havana in 1992 at the age of 87.

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The Enrique Caravia Montenegro Papers contain correspondence, receipts and photographs and memorabilia collected by Enrique Caravia Montenegro (1905-1992), a Cuban artist active in the mid-1900s.

The collection contains letters written to and collected by Caravia from international and Cuban artists; receipts from the Patronato de Artes Plásticas in Havana for artworks commissioned by the organization; and photographs of artists and artworks.

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The collection is arranged into three series: Correspondence, arranged alphabetically by correspondent; Administrative Papers, containing receipts from the Patronato de Artes Plásticas; and Photographs and Memorabilia.

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This collection is open for research.

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  • Spanish

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Purchase, 2014.

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