MARC CHAGALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER FRAGMENT UNSIGNED 12/09/1925 - HFSID 14235
Sale Price $935.00
Marc Chagall handwrote and dated this letter from Paris, France in 1925 to his old teacher Bella Schnee. In it, he writes about an exhibition of his art and how, even though it seemed to be a success, he wasn't happy.
Autographed letter fragment unsigned, 2 pages, 8x10½, 1 sheet, front and verso. Dec. 9, 1925, Paris, France. Addressed to "Bella Naumovna". In Russian, translated: "My beloved Bella Naumovna Each letter from over the ocean is such a joy. And why they are such a rarity, I have no idea why. Despite modern perfect ways of communication. Well. By the way, I am glad that you are settled, that you enjoy 'nakhes' and that your husband is successful. Arts is a subject more than serious and it demands but one's whole self... I am writing this to you the day following my exhibition show in one of the largest galleries of Paris. What can I tell you? - about myself. I don't like talking about myself. But entering at the show, the frenchmen (I mean their intellectual element) couldn't turn out and had to either accept or [untranslated] There were some articles of the avant-garde French, the poets and the writers that I felt awkward to read. I would send you [torn from letter] I thought of exposition there, at your side. But I understand that with such a gallery, though it's quite large, one exhibits Sorin and Kokoshko, and even Zolunga. I do not understand what am I there. On top of it he didn't write to me yet, but here, I have various kinds of proposals on shows in Amsterdam, Köln, London. I really am sorry that you are not here at my show. All of best French painters were here, poets and others, too. Including Matisse, Picasso and others. But am I 'happy man', do you think. Far from it. And I just can't be one. Perhaps, it's not in my nature. Another thing is that I am absolutely not [letter is cut off here]". Bella Naumovna Hermont Schneehad been young Chagall's teacher in Russia. Married in 1924, she moved to Chicago with her new husband, and she and Chagall remained friends through correspondence. Chagall (1887-1985) considered one of the most original and eminent figures in 20th century art, is particularly well-known for his stained glass windows. Best known for the Jerusalem Windows and Peace for the United Nations (1964), his last monumental work in the medium was stained glass windows for chapel of Le Saillant in Corrèze. In 1914, Chagall (1887-1985, born Moishe Shagal in Vitebsk, Belorussia, Russian Empire, now in Belarus) first exhibited two of his works, Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers and The Fiddler, at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. In June of that year, he had his first one-man show at the Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin. Chagall then traveled to Vitebsk, his hometown, intending to stay for a short visit, but the outbreak of WWI prevented him from returning to Paris, where he would later settle. Chagall created his first stained glass windows (for the church of Le Plateau d'Assy in Haute-Savoie) in 1957. Chagall was influenced by Cubism, Fauvism and Surrealism. His works, executed in a wide variety of media, from oils to stained glass, often featured subjects drawn from Russian village life, Jewish folklore and Hasidic mysticism. Very fragile. Lightly toned, stained, soiled and creased. Edges are irregular. Upper right and lower left corners are missing. Tears and nicks in top, left and right corners. Folded in quarters. Folds are worn, torn and fragile. Torn along top of vertical fold and both sides of horizontal fold. Otherwise, fine condition.
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