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MARC CHAGALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/03/1924 - HFSID 14230

MARC CHAGALL Marc Chagall handwrote and signed this letter to his friend Bella Naumovna, congratulating her on her marriage and asking about various Russian painters. Autograph letter signed: "Marc Chagall" in Cyrillic handwriting, 4p, 5¼x8. Paris, France, 1924 October 3.

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MARC CHAGALL
Marc Chagall handwrote and signed this letter to his friend Bella Naumovna, congratulating her on her marriage and asking about various Russian painters.
Autograph letter signed: "Marc Chagall" in Cyrillic handwriting, 4p, 5¼x8. Paris, France, 1924 October 3. In Russian, translated: "My Dear Bella Naumovna, Please forgive me because I haven't written in so long. This is not gentlemanly of me especially since you have changed your last name. I have to especially congratulate you. What has to be has happened. Good luck with your marriage. Your marriage explains your few letters. You must be very busy. You must be stuck for good in the country of dollars like we are stuck here. Here is my second home and more and more I am getting publicity. The finest people in France are paying attention to me. As soon as I became popular they won't let me go. I was also thinking about America, but I know that is a different matter. If I get a good offer from a good gallery in New York, M. B. and myself will be ready for next season. Right now I am having exhibitions in Brussels, Vienna, and n the autumn, on Paris. After that would be a good time for America. I would like to receive a letter from you. Have you forgotten the drawings. What is your opinion about your surroundings, cities, countryside and especially culture. I hope your personal life is going smoothly --- How is Arkhipenko doing and especially other Russian painters like B. T.? The painter Sorin is like me and I like him, as a man and as a painter. We have exchanged letters from America. He even tried to help me over there. Please write me about everything. Once again good luck. I am waiting for a letter from you. It is bad to forget old friends, especially childhood friends and 'teachers'! My family especially bows to you. With Best Regards Loyally". Lightly toned, stained and creased. Fragile. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope. Addressed to Madame B. Schnee, Chicago, Illinois. Postmarked January 13, 1924. Handwritten return address on verso. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Torn open at top edge. Torn at right edge with tape repair. Fragile. Otherwise in fine condition. 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. Two items.

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