Desperately trying to sell a drawing while dealing with the Soviet cultural bureaucracy

Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935). Autograph letter signed.

Moscow, 14. V. 1929.

4to. 2 pp.


In Russian, to his third wife, Natalya Andreevna (née Manchenka, 1902-90), about an experience during his journey to Moscow, his daily work, a proposed business trip abroad, his daughter Una, etc.: "[...] Today, on the 14th, I started working at the Tretyakova gallery. I was promised to sell a drawing soon [...] I called upon the Main Administration for Literary and Arts Affairs, but, as usual, they promised to make arrangements for a separate meeting and to talk to Shutko. Khvojnik sent me a note regarding my business trip abroad. It is all about not being willing to give one single Dollar in foreign currency [...] Khvojnik, who is head of the artistic department, is publishing character sketches of Russian artists and asks me to sit for him. In general, they all are quite kind well to me. My beloved Natalja, don't let yourself get bored, don't get upset, don't lose weight. During this journey I must do everything to lay in provisions for the winter [...]".


Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Vol. 1, Moscow 2004, no. 10.

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