MARC CHAGALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1925 - HFSID 13699
Sale Price $1,275.00
The Russian-born French artist writes of the difficulty and inspiration he experiences in painting and his first American exhibition.
ALS: "Marc" (signed in Russian), 4p, 8½x10¾. No place, circa 1925.To Bella Naumovna Hermont Schnee. In Russian, partial translation. In part: "I don't know whether the presence of the artist is beneficial for Marshak's business (and, alas, I don't know what my presence can contribute to the exhibition)...I would like to give you some literature about myself...He [Reingard] has part of it...I would like to know what prices they charge for art works of average people who are still alive? He keeps asking about prices, but I have no idea how much I should charge him...I don't know how relatively complete my exhibition can be...You ask me if painting is difficult. Yes, more than difficult. It is God's punishment. A matter for the hands of non-humans. Finally I think you need faith, a kind of religion for this work (but not the church type). Nothing can be done without such faith. The main essence would be lost...." CHAGALL's first exhibition in the United States was at the Reinhart Galleries (Reinhart was called "Reingard" in Chagall's letter) at 730 Fifth Avenue in New York in January 1926. The exhibition included his paintings and etchings completed in Russia, Germany and France. Before the exhibition, Reinhart's had telegraphed Chagall to request press materials and photographs. Chagall, who responded with "a lot of material", was apparently concerned about his American reception. He told Bella in another 1925 letter that "American painters here say that this is a pompous and academic gallery and its clientele should be puzzled by my work." In that same letter he discussed the new Art Deco movement, which was introduced at a Paris international art exposition. Chagall had exhibited at the exposition, showing his "Dead Soul" prints in the French section. 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. Fragile. Lightly creased. Browned and soiled at folds touching text. 1¾-inch separation at upper right corner of first page touches 2 words of text. Pinhole in blank area at cross fold of first page. Second page is browned and soiled at folds. Nicked at lower left and upper right blank edges. All is encapsulated for protection. Overall, fine condition.
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