MARC CHAGALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 13695
Sale Price $1,275.00
MARC CHAGALLThe stained-glass artist handwrote and signed this letter to his wife Bella Rosenfeld, asking her why she didn't write him more often Autograph letter signed "Marc Chagall" in blue ink in Cyrillic handwriting. 2 pages, 5¼x8, with perforated top edge. In Russian, translated: "Kind Bella Naumovna, I remembered you and I am writing, although it is true that one remembers more often than one writes, and that you also don't want to write even once. This means that either there is nothing to write or the desire to do so is too weak. Can it really be that 'with years' one is less willing to pick up the pen? It must be so. However, more than once I think how pleasant it would be to have a conversation with you. To listen to all your sound ideas...You see, because I am quite pessimistic, and what would you want with this? Therefore, let's talk about something else. How are you doing? What, how and why don't you write some time? Or is it that you're too busy with your family? And how is your painting? Do you have faith in it? Recently, your charming sisters came to visit me. I was very happy to remember and to see them. Charming Elena is almost a girl. I asked them to come by. We shall wait and see if you come to Europe. If you are going to, then please write so I can be in Paris because I am often in the country. I work, nothing else remains, but I am not satisfied with myself or with anything. I am too dissatisfied with everything. I am dissatisfied with myself, even with the sky. How are you doing? Mine send you their regards, Ida has grown. Regards. I press your hand firmly.". Lightly toned, stained and creased. Folded thrice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned original mailing envelope with purple tissue paper lining. Addressed to Madame B. Schnee, Chicago, Illinois. Postmarked July 20, 1927. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Torn open at top edge. Torn at right edge with tape repair. Lining has separated from inside of envelope. 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. Marc Chagall(1887-1985, born Mark Zakharovich Shagal in Vitebsk), a prominent figure 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 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, butthe 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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