This source was selected because it documents a contribution to the Arturo magazine. The journal was an initiative toward renewal set in motion by a group willing to break with realism, symbolism, and primitivism, and thus opted for an art based on invention, which later established the ground rules for the development of Concrete Art avant-garde in the River Plate region. Arturo was published in Buenos Aires in the summer of 1944. Its editorial staff was formed by Carmelo Arden Quin (1913-), Rhod Rothfuss (1920-69), Gyula Kosice (1924-), and Edgar Bayley (1921-). Although it meant to be published every three months (at the end of each season), only its first edition made it to print. In addition to the articles written by members of the editorial staff, in this edition there are also poems by Brazilian Murilo Mendes, by Chilean Vicente Huidobro, and by Joaquín Torres-García.
Joaquín Torres-García was a Uruguayan artist who lived in several European cities (mainly Barcelona and Paris), between 1917–34 and for a time, around 1920, established himself in New York City. After participating in the Cercle et Carré journal’s group, he set the grounds on which a constructive proposal is ruled. A perspective he also continued to develop in Uruguay upon his return in 1934.
Two poems by Torres-García are attached to the text, Divertimento [Entertainment] and Divertimento II [Entertainment II], the latter dated Montevideo, November 1937, October 1943, and illustrated with a 1932 work by the author himself.