Mário Raul de Morais Andrade
(October 9, 1893 – February 25, 1945) was a Brazilianpoet
, art historian
, and photographer
. One of the founders of Brazilian modernism
, he virtually created modern Brazilian poetry with the publication of his Paulicéia Desvairada
) in 1922. He has had an enormous influence on modern Brazilian literature
, and as a scholar and essayist—he was a pioneer of the field of ethnomusicology
—his influence has reached far beyond Brazil.
Andrade was the central figure in the avant-garde
movement of São Paulo
for twenty years. Trained as a musician and best known as a poet and novelist, Andrade was personally involved in virtually every discipline
that was connected with São Paulo modernism, and became Brazil's national polymath
. His photography and essays on a wide variety of subjects, from history to literature and music, were widely published. He was the driving force behind the Week of Modern Art
, the 1922 event that reshaped both literature and the visual arts
in Brazil. At the end of his life, he became the founding director of São Paulo's Department of Culture, formalizing a role he had long held as the catalyst of the city's—and the nation's—entry into artistic modernity.