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The collection, which will be integrated into the collection of the Gulbenkian Art Library, also includes manuscripts of chronicles for the press and theater texts, created within the scope of his activity, also as a teacher, painter, set designer, and costume designer.
Born in Lisbon, José Leitão de Barros, a prolific author, and a relevant character in the cultural landscape of the 20th century in Portugal, as Gulbenkian stresses, established throughout his life personal, family and professional connections that make his estate a relevant documentary testimony for understanding of the national cultural and artistic milieu between the 1930s and 1960s.
José Leitão de Barros‘ estate also contains relevant documentation for the study of aspects such as the Estado Novo’s power relations with artists and the role of the spirit policy in official orders and in the propaganda of the dictatorship regime, he adds.
Leitão de Barros conceived and directed historical festivities, created the tradition of popular marches in Lisbon, and was evident in the cinema, from 1918, with films also about historical figures such as “Camões” (1946), shown in the first edition of the Festival de Cannes, “Inês de Castro” (1945), “Bocage” (1936), “A Severa” (1931), “The Pupils of Senhor Dean” (1935) and “Maria Papoila” (1937).
The documentation now delivered by the family will be made available for consultation as it is treated and integrated into the catalog of the Gulbenkian Art Library, the Foundation’s statement also indicates.