Lot 566: Influential Mexican artist (1886–1957) who earned international acclaim—and stirred controversy—for his powerful, politically charged murals. Rare TLS, one onionskin page, 8.5 x 11, October 12, 1946. Letter to his agent, Nettie King of New York, in full: "It was a very pleasant surprise to receive the very nice expression of your kindness towards me, by sending me the check for the Book-of-the-Month Club. I appreciate very much all you did in order to obtain it and thank you most sincerely for it. With great pleasure I will make the illustrations you propose and I hope to be able to please you with them. I await your instructions in this respect. My wife Frida has been recovering little by little and although she has had insomnia lately, as inevitable consequence of her post operation convalescence, just the same she is feeling better." In very good to fine condition, with moderate overall toning, staple holes to the upper left corner, and a few chips and tears to the edges. Accompanied by a carbon copy of King's initial letter to Rivera and the original mailing envelope. Rivera's wife, artist Frida Kahlo, dealt with immense pain throughout most of her life resulting from a bike accident at a young age. After a 1946 surgery, her nephew wrote, 'She is now worse than ever, the pain is unimaginably intense.' With references to both his art and his famous wife, this is a scarce and highly desirable letter.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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