Juan Larrea (poet)

Juan Larrea (Bilbao, March 13, 1895–Córdoba, Argentina, July 9, 1980) was a Spanish essayist and poet.

He studied literature at the University of Salamanca, and moved later to Paris where he published in French language the magazine Favorables París Poema with César Vallejo. After the Spanish Civil War, he moved definitively to the Americas, where he was an active member of the cultural life. He was an incessant collector and some of his collections about Inca art were donated to the National Archaeological Museum of Spain in 1937.[1]

Guernica (1937 Picasso painting)Edit

Immediately after hearing about the 26 April 1937 bombing of Guernica, Larrea visited Pablo Picasso in his Paris studio and urged him to make the bombing the subject for the large mural the Spanish Republican government had commissioned him to create for the Spanish pavilion at the 1937 Paris World's Fair, which resulted in Picasso's famed anti-war painting Guernica.[2]



  • Oscuro dominio, 1935
  • Versión celeste, 1969
  • Orbe, 1990


  • Arte Peruano (1935)
  • Rendición de Espíritu (1943)
  • El Surrealismo entre Viejo y Nuevo mundo (1944)
  • The Vision of the "Guernica" (1947)
  • La Religión del Lenguaje Español (1951)
  • La Espada de la Paloma (1956)
  • Razón de Ser (1956)
  • César Vallejo o Hispanoamérica en la Cruz de su Razón (1958)
  • Teleología de la cultura (1965)
  • Del surrealismo a Machu Picchu (1967)
  • Guernica (1977)
  • Cara y cruz de la República (1980)


  1. ^ (Gutiérrez Bolívar 1995, p. 7)
  2. ^ John Richardson "A Different Guernica". The New York Review of Books, 12 May 2016, pp. 4–6.

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