MARC CHAGALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 1928 - HFSID 14237
Sale Price $935.00
Marc Chagall handwrote, signed and dated this short letter in 1928 to his old teacher Bella Naumovna. He asks her to write more often and writes about a business meeting with a Mr. Putnam. He also adds that "What this world really needs is help from 'God', which is often overlooked."Written on the back of a b/w photo of Chagall sitting on a snowbank with an unidentified woman on skis and a horse.
Autograph letter signed "Marc". 1 page, 3¼x5½. Written on the back of a b/w photo (3x5¼ image) of Chagall with an unidentified woman. Hotel Savoy, March 1928. Addressed to "Bella Namovna". In Russian, translated: "My Darling Bella Naumovna I got your letter in the mail. What is happening with you? Please write me as often as you can. I had a visit from Mr. Putnam. We had a business discussion. He will tell you all about me. I am still the same, working a lot. The world is unchangeable, but only truly great art can change it. What this world really needs is help from 'God', which is often overlooked. Here's shaking your hand". 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, Belorussia, Russian Empire, now Belarus) 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, foxed and creased. Paper loss near right edge, which touches handwriting but not signature. Discolored on right and top edge from mounting. Nicked on right edge. Rounded and worn corners. Otherwise in fine condition.
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