Lot 615: Cubist sculptor (1891–1973) who counted Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso, and Amedeo Modigliani among his associates. ALS in Cyrillic, signed in Cyrillic, "J. Lipchitz," one page both sides, 8.25 x 10.75, personal letterhead, no date. Letter to an editorial board. In full (translated): "What you asked me in your last letter represents the hardest task for me. I am a badly organized and lazy person in regards to anything that is not related to my direct work, which is sculpture. There is enough literature, a few monographs, and lots of magazines and newspaper articles, but to put it all together is beyond my ability. I will send you the one that I received recently as an example. Incidentally this is one is flattering, but there are a few that are not so rewarding. Anyway—all that is not really important. I believe that the day will come when the contour of my art will become clear. Meanwhile, for those who want to know from where I came and how old I am—here is my short autobiography. I was born on 30th of August (new style) in v[illage] Druskeniki; Grodno county, in a pious Jewish family. I studied at vocational school in Vilna and in 1909 went to Paris to study sculpture (I did some as a self-taught since my early childhood). So I have lived here since that time, I even became a naturalized French citizen. I studied at the Academy and since 1912 have had several exhibitions in different salons, but not many. I did have a personal exhibition at the Rosenberg gallery in 1920 and a second one, very extensive in 1930. My works are in different personal collections and museums. There is not much exciting in happening in my life. That's all." A small newspaper clipping reading "Le Musee" is affixed at the top. In very good condition, with small edge separations to intersecting folds, various blocks of toning, and overall foxing. A wonderful autobiographical letter.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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