Antonia Mercé "La Argentina" Album Collection

(Buenos Aires, 1890 - Bayonne, France, 1936)

Date added: 1988

Contains: 14 albums about the Spanish dancer, comprising six albums of press clippings from her early days until her death in 1936 and three of clippings from 1936 to 1988; four albums of photographs; and one of miscellaneous documents.

Antonia Mercé "La Argentina"

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES. 28006.BFJM/

Title/Name: Antonia Mercé "La Argentina" Collection

Dates: 1906-1988

Citation format: Antonia Mercé "La Argentina" Collection (Library of the Fundación Juan March. Madrid)

Description level: Collection


Archival history: After the dancer's death, all her papers remained in the possession of her family. In 1988 her niece and heir made the donation.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: Antonia Mercé Luque, "La Argentina", was born in Buenos Aires in 1890. Starting from popular Spanish dance, beyond which many other dancers rarely ventured, she reconnected with the old Spanish bolero school and achieved a synthesis that was unequalled in her time. A truly international artist, admired both in Europe and America, she premiered numerous works by Spanish composers (including Albéniz, Granados, Falla, Joaquín Turina and Ernesto Halffter). In 1925 she starred in the Paris premiere of Manuel de Falla's "El amor brujo" in its definitive ballet version and, in the composer's opinion, was the best performer of the lead role. Until her death in Bayonne, France, on 18 July 1936, still in her prime, she was the most highly regarded Spanish artist in Spain and abroad.

Manner of acquisition: DONATION

Content and Structure

Scope and Content: This collection consists of albums of press clippings, concert programmes, personal papers and photographs.

Evaluation, selection, removal: Given their historical interest, all the documents are to be preserved permanently, in accordance with Law 16/1985 of 25 June on Spanish Historical Heritage.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Conditions governing access: The documents are open to all.

Conditions governing reproduction: Reproduction is permitted for research and study purposes, subject to prior authorisation by the heirs.

Language/script(s) of the documents: The predominant language is Spanish, but there are also documents in English and French.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements: Most of the documents are in good condition.

Notes and Control

Notes: The collection is digitized

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