MARC CHAGALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/25/1923 - HFSID 14238
Sale Price $1,530.00
Marc Chagall handwrote and signed this letter to his former teacher Bella Hermont, about arriving in Paris and having difficulties.
Autograph letter signed: "M" in Cyrillic handwriting, on verso of 3½x5½ postcard. Paris, France, 1923 August 25.Addressed by Chagall to: "Fr. B Hermont/Zietenstr 6/bei Pankow II/Berlin W. 57" In Russian, translated: "Sweet Bella. I am here already. Didn't have time to sleep enough. I found a hotel until I could find a studio. I am not sure I will find one. It's too early yet since many people are away. Many are not here yet Paris is not exactly like Berlin, far different. Entirely different. I can hardly recognize the streets, but as far as money ... I almost forgot to count it ... But I have come. And you? Generally speaking it's too bad, no matter that I'm hurt, that it's so difficult to find a studio. The matter requires a lot of one's feet, mine are too weak ... Did you bring my little piece, did you? Send it and perhaps I will become famous here. I will write more later. Yours, It's too painful to remember. Do you call on B. S. from time to time? What's about their apartment? Help them. Write, otherwise it's too sad." 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, born Mark Zakharovich Shagal in Vitebsk) 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. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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