Pepín Bello dies at 103

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Surviving Lorca, Dalí and Buñuel: last bastion of 1927 generation dies

14 January 2008

MADRID - Pepín Bello, the last surviving member of the literary movement dubbed Generación del 27 (Generation of 1927) - which included the playwright Federico García Lorca, the Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and filmmaker Luis Buñuel - died Friday at the age of 103. According to his nephew, Severiano Bello, Pepín died of a heart attack while he lay asleep in his Madrid home.

A contemporary of such eminent figures at Madrid's Residencia de Estudiantes (Students' Residence), Bello was their confidante and often helped shape their works with his comments and ideas; he also shared a room with Lorca, the author of Blood Wedding, who was executed at the hands of the Falange militia in 1936. Many remember Bello as the key individual who really brought the group of brilliant students together.

In May last year, Bello - whom the writer Enrique Vila-Matas once described as "the brilliant archetype of the Spanish artist without works" - presented his book entitled Ola, Pepín at the Residence de Estudiantes. He said that the Residencia "had changed greatly" since he arrived in 1921 to study medicine at the university and said he "found a surprising atmosphere" - an atmosphere that he defined as one of "elegance, a love of art and friendship."

Pepín was born José Bello Lsierra in Huesca, Aragon, in 1904. His father was the engineer Severino Bello Poùysuan. From an early age, Pepín kept the company of eminent figures, including the politician, lawyer and historian, Joaquín Costa, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Ramón y Cajal and the philosopher and essayist Francisco Giner de los Ríos, with whom his father was a very close friend.

Pepín Bello was buried Saturday at Madrid's Almudena cemetery.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / R. I. 2008]

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