Lot n° 94
3000 - 4000
Result with fees
: 5 460EUR
HEMINGWAY ERNEST (1899-1961).
Signed autograph letter, signed « Ernest Hemingway », Havana (Cuba) 29 October 1934, to Alfred H. BARR Jr., Director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York ; 3 pages in-8 format, on letterhead “Hotel Ambos Mundos” (splits to horizontal folds), envelope marked “Personal”; in English.
Hemingway on the art market and the Spanish Civil War: a fascinating letter.
The painting, The Farm, by Miro, was purchased by Hemingway in Paris in 1925, as a present for his wife, Hadley, for her thirty-fourth birthday. According to Carlos Baker in his biography of Hemingway, the author found Miro to be “the only painter who had ever been able to combine in one picture all that you felt about Spain when you were there and all that you felt when you were away and could not go there.” The Farm was later bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art in Washington by his widow, Mary.
Hemingway also collaborated in promoting a one-man show of the etchings of Luis QUINTANILLA (1893-1978), at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York. Quintanilla was being held without bail in Madrid on charges of conspiracy against the Spanish government. Pierre Matisse asked Hemingway to sign and circulate a petition to help get Quintanilla out of jail. Hemingway responded with enthusiasm: “Luis, was not only a damned fine artist but also one of the best guys he had ever known.” Hemingway’s own support for the Spanish Civil War was considerable, raising money for the Loyalists who supported the government of the Republic against the uprising of General Franco, and writing about the war as a correspondent.
“Thank you very much for your letter and for the advice you gave Mr. Sheiser about arranging the Quintanilla show. He has gotten it fixed up for Pierre Matisse’s gallery end of Nov. 1st week of December. You were quite right about the prices. The Miro (The Farm), really, stands up marvellously. It has gained rather than lost. I went to see his last stuff and it did not
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