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  • ICAA Record ID
    854252
    AUTHOR
    Rojas Daporta, Malén
    TITLE
    Homar y Tufiño : Pintores publican libro sobre Plena / por Malen Rojas Daporta
    IN
    El Mundo (San Juan, Puerto Rico). -- May. 18, 1955
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 20 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Reviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rojas Daporta, Malén. "Homar y Tufiño: Pintores publican libro sobre Plena." El Mundo (San Juan, Puerto Rico), May 18, 1955, 20.
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Synopsis

In this article, the journalist, Malén Rojas Daporta, tells how the Puerto Rican artists, Lorenzo Homar and Rafael Tufiño, created a graphic art portfolio in 1955. Their portfolio was centered on (a form of Puerto Rican popular music called) the “plena,” and on the singer/songwriter, Manuel Jiménez—known as Canario [Canary]—who was considered the King of the Plena. The portfolio includes an introduction by the writer, Tomás Blanco, who sets forth the origins of the plena. Rojas Daporta explains that each artist illustrated six plenas in linoleum block, each representing the images that came to mind while hearing each plena’s song. The journalist concludes her essay with data on the publication of this graphic art portfolio.

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The artists Lorenzo Homar and Rafael Tufiño integrated the music of the plenas into linocuts. Each print illustrates the lyrics and music of the plena chosen. The twelve plenas included in the portfolio were: Santa María [St. Mary], Fuego en la Cantera [Fire in the Quarry], Que bonita es [How Beautiful She Is], Temporal [Storm], Cortaron a Elena [They Slashed Elena] and Isidora (all of them were prints by Tufiño) and El Obispo de Ponce [The Bishop of Ponce], Tintorera del Mar [Shark of the Sea], Ay Lola Lola, Ya llegó (los Boxeadores) [Here He Is (The Boxers)], Los Muchachos de Cataño [Cataño’s Boys], and La Guagua [The Bus] (rendered in turn by Homar).

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico