A Finding Aid to the Enrique Riverón Papers, 1918-1990s, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.riveenri
Creators:
Riverón, Enrique
Dates:
1918-1990s
Languages:
Multiple languages
The records are in English and Spanish.
English; Spanish
Physical Description:
3.3 linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Enrique Riverón measure 3.3 linear feet and date from 1918-1990s. The collection contains correspondence, writings, diary entries, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs documenting Riverón's career as an illustrator, cartoonist, painter and sculptor in the United States and Cuba and, to a lesser extent, Riverón's teaching career at Wichita University in Kansas.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The Enrique Riverón papers measure 3.3 linear feet, date from 1918-1990s and document Riverón's career as an illustrator, cartoonist, painter and sculptor in the United States and Cuba and, to a lesser extent, his teaching career at Wichita University in Kansas. The collection includes correspondence, the majority of which concerns Riverón's exhibitions; writings, primarily Riverón's recollections of his trips to Paris and Madrid and his memories of people he met in Latin America, Europe, and the United States; printed material documenting exhibitions and Riverón's work for magazines such as Cine-Mudial and Bally-Hoo; and photographs.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is organized into eight series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1929-1960 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1918-1991 (box 1, 0.6 ft.)
Series 3: Writings, 1923-1980s, undated (box 1, 0.2 ft.)
Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1920s-1990s, undated (boxes 1, 3, and 4, 0.7 ft.)
Series 5: Artwork, 1958-1983, undated (boxes 1 and 5, 0.4 ft.)
Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1930-1992 (boxes 2 and 5, 0.7 ft.)
Series 7: Photographs, 1918-1992, undated (boxes 2, 5 and 6, 0.6 ft.)
Series 8: Miscellany, 1927-1989, undated (box 6, 7 folders)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Painter, sculptor, cartoonist, and illustrator Enrique Riverón was born in 1902 in Cienfuegos, Cuba and belonged to the first generation of Cuban modernists, experimenting with Cubism and pursuing abstraction from very early on in his career. During his early twenties Riverón traveled to France, Italy, Belgium, and Spain to study under scholarships and attend the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid. In 1926 Riverón's first major one-man exhibition took place at the Association Paris Amerique Latine where the catalog introduction was written by noted Mexican writer Alfonso Reyes.
In 1927 Riverón returned to Havana and had a one-man show of his European work at the Asociación de Pintores y Escultores, as well as several other shows in Havana and New York. He moved to the United States in 1930 and became a United States citizen in 1943.
In addition to being known for his naturalistic drawings of street life in Paris and Cuba, Riverón began working with collage in the 1930s and was, for a number of years, a cartoonist for newspapers in Havana and other publications such as The New Yorker and Cine Mundial which was published in New York and widely circulated in Latin America. He also worked in Hollywood for a time as an illustrator for Walt Disney Pictures.
From 1940 on, Riverón focused on painting and sculpture. He moved to Miami from Wichita, Kansas, in 1964. Enrique Riverón died in 1998.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Rosa M. Fernandez in 1997. The finding aid was written by Stephanie Ashley in 2002.
Author
Stephanie L. Ashley
Provenance
The Enrique Riverón papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Patricia Riverón Lee, daughter of Riverón, in 1996.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Enrique Riverón papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Enrique Riverón papers, 1918-1990s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Material
The Archives of American Art also has a collection of Enrique Riverón letters to Mario Carreño, 1981-1990, in which Riverón writes of their mutual friends, his memories of Cuba, health issues, politics, pricing paintings, collages, and his longings for Paris and New York.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Artists -- Florida -- Miami Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrators Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cuban American art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- Cuba Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cuban American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Magazine illustration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Caricatures and cartoons Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cartoonists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Florida -- Miami Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wichita State University -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yunkers, Adja, 1900- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sicre, Juan José -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Salinas, Baruj Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Russell, Rosalind -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Waguermert, Luis Gomez -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Neruda, Pablo, 1904-1973 -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peláez, Amelia, 1897-1968 -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pidgeon, Walter, 1897- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Prohias, Antonio Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rebajes, Pauline Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Diego, Julio, 1900- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
García Lorca, Federico, 1898-1936 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carreño, Mario -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gattorno, Antonio Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tamayo, Rufino, 1899- -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gómez Sicre, José Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Siqueiros, David Alfaro -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reed, Alma M. -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kiki, 1901-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949 -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lozano Castro, Alfredo Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Milland, Ray -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bermúdez, Cundo, 1914- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cantinflas, 1911-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cugat, Xavier, 1900- -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carreño, Mario Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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