2677 - 2864 MANUSCRIPTS, AUTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS
= RARE INTERESTING POSTCARD, in which Piet Mondriaan (who since 1912 called himself "Mondrian"), writes from Laren to his fellow artist Jan Verhoeven, who lives in Montmartre, Paris. Mondriaan, who found himself at a crucial moment in his artistic career in 1915, writes: "La circle d'Art Mod. est "fini". Schelfh.[out], Sluyters, Gestel et moi l'ont quittis et tiennent une exposition ensemble, avec quelque choses de la Le Fauconnier, qui est encore ici." Mondriaan was in his Cubistic phase during the time he was part of the mentioned Moderne Kunstkring (founded in 1910). Right after this moment in 1915 and 1916 he started to work in the absolute abstract style, from which De Stijl movement emerged. He writes "Moi je suis a Laren et de temp en temp a Amsterdam." This refers to the period he lived in Laren which was crucial for his development, because this is where he got acquainted with Bart van der Leck and Theo van Doesburg. Mondriaan says he can't move back to Paris yet because of his financial situation: "Je ne peux pas encore rentrer a Paris: il faut avoir quelque argent pour vivre, n'est ce pas?" This obviously gave him extra time to get to meet some of the Stijl artists in the Netherlands. A fine autograph from a crucial period in Mondrian's career. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCVI.
= Short letter on i.a. ateliers, and apologising to mr Girardin that he has been silent for so long. "J'ai horreur de m'enchaîner et un amour trop grand de mon independance, et je ne le sais pas autant qu'il parait et peut-être plus avantageusement moralement materiellement que je ne sais le dire (...)".
- Including a small number of photocopies of letters.
= Steven ("Steef") de Vries (1909-?), was a pivotal figure in the postwar artworld of Schiedam/ Rotterdam, who had numerous contacts with modern Dutch, French and to a lesser extent German modern artists. The letters and postcards are often about (practical) initiatives to further the careers of these artists (the establishing of the artist's movement VIA in 1950 (the first four years under the chairmanship of Steef de Vries), exhibitions, press contacts and the reception of their work) and the group of artists working together under the name CREATIE. Members of these two groups (partly overlapping) included i.a. Greet van Amstel, Armando, Willy Boers, Ger Gerrits, Wout van Heusden, Piet Stuivenberg, E. Voeten and André van der Vossen. De Vries was also active as collector of modern art, his main focus was on the art of the Dutch members of the Cobra movement. Prominent in the present archive is a subsection concerning the sculptor Piet van Stuivenberg (16 autograph letters signed, i.a. on his sculptures "Dolle Jans droom" and on the sale to the Rotterdamse Kunst Stichting of a work that he describes as "meisje kop, die met de zonnebril op (...) Ik had 3500 gulden er voor gevraagd, zij stelde voor dat zei hem kochten voor fl.5000,-, en of ik het daarvoor wilde geven, ik zei, dat doen wij dan maar", and incl. ±25 photographs of his works). Other names and subjects are i.a. PHILIPPE DOTREMONT (on an appointment to view his collection), GER GERRITS (an interesting collection of autograph letters and postcards on i.a. the (stressfull) preparations for an exhibition by Nieuwe Beelden in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (i.a. showing the influential involvement of Sandberg and Jaffé) and on two murals in an art school, one by himself and Willy Boers and the other by Rooskens and Brands; also on a meeting of the newly founded group "Creatie" at which attendants will be able to listen to "heel bijzondere" gramophone records of music by "Afrikanen en negers"), CLAUDE VISEUX (several autograph and typescript letters, on the sale of his works and on visits to Steef de Vries). Other items of interest are autograph letters and notes by i.a. WILLY BOERS, LOTTI VAN DER GAAG, WOUT VAN HEUSDEN, HARRY DISBERG, W. HUSSEM, HARRY VAN KRUININGEN, MARIA MANTON, NONO REINHOLD, GUST ROMIJN, COOS VAN VLIJMEN, VORDEMBERGE-GILDEWART, ANDRÉ VAN DER VOSSEN and JAAP WAGEMAKER.
all 1 leaf/ card, pen and ink, 3x recto and verso, 2x recto only, one w. original envelope, w. small drawings in pen and ink (7x). - ADDED: an change of address card.
= SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCVII.
- A few leaves w. stapled or mounted (w. yellowed tape) clippings.
= An interesting miscellaneous collection of autographs by singers, actors, sportsmen and other famous people, i.a. Karel Appel, Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Eldridge, Cleo Laine, Dustin Hofmann, Bert Haanstra, Willeke van Ammelrooij, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Tom Okker, Ard Schenk, Kees Verkerk, Johan Cruijff, Eusebio and Anton Geesink.
= Accepting an invitation on "next Monday at about 6 o' clock".
ADDED: an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by the novelist Arthur Morrison and 5 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED to various correspondents by AGNES REPPLIER (American essayist, 1855-1950) and a MANUSCRIPT LETTER written on behalf of Agnes Repplier by her cousin E. Repplier Witmer.
= At least 8 variants, mainly of single words, but also in phrasing.
AND 2 others related, i.a. an engr. portrait of the author by P. VELIJN (foxed).
= Concerning property named "De Vetten Os" on the Haagdijk, sold to Bernardus Hoffen.
- On 18th cent. paper w. crowned fleur de lis and "Adriaan Rogge" watermark.; the second drawing w. vague waterstain.
= Very nicely done, with minuscule writing. Both drawings within a border consisting of the same text from Genesis. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCVII.
- On paper with Pro Patria watermark. Formerly folded. = Nice.
Anonymous (17th cent.). "Système Figuré Des Connoissances Humaines". Calligraphic text w. two cornucopias below, pen (and thin brush) and brown ink, ON VELLUM, 11x47 cm., "A mon amour J. Hesselfelt 1670" written in lower centre.
- Sl. creased/ soiled/ trifle stained. = Skillfully done.
AND 13 other (anonymous) calligraphic drawings, second half 18th/ first half 19th cent.: a swan formed by the words of an (edifying) poem (pen and brown ink, "Geschreeven door G.M. Willink tot present voor haare Waarde Ouders" (14,5x19,5 cm.)), a flowering branch formed by the words of a poem (by the same calligrapher, "ter Verjaaring van mijne Waarde Moeder", pen and brown ink, 20x14 cm.), "Op het huwelyk van Hermanis Brouwer en Elsie Drijver in den echt vereenigt op den 6 November 1803" (brush and watercolour, w. title and extensive 2-column verse in pen and brown ink, 26,5x39 cm., 1803) and 10 others containing occasional poetry, mainly for wedding anniversaries, births and birthdays, various sizes.
- One tear in lower margin reaching image.
AND 1 other calligraphy with trompe l'oeil, signed "Arie Griezen Oud 12¼ Jaar Zynde op Zee".
- Lacks large portion of upper left corner and middle w. loss of text and image; mounted under passepartout; waterstained in right margin.
- All (sl.) soiled and frayed.
Anonymous (late 18th/ early 19th cent.). "Vive la Plume. De Schrijf Konst, die 't voorlêen Vertelt (...)". Calligraphed poem, pen and ink, ±1800.
- Foxed; folded once; sm. hole on fold; sl. frayed. = Very attractive calligraphy.
AND 1 other calligraphed poem in English, perhaps by the same.
- Hinges weak; occas. trifle foxed. Binding trifle rubbed along extremities.
= Owner's entry on first free endpaper "K.F. Ludwig" (possibly the calligrapher).
- On paper w. crowned Amsterdam coat of arms watermark. Formerly folded once vertically; outer margins trifle soiled/ stained/ creased.
- All formerly torn in half (repaired); sl. soiled.
ADDED: seven 19th century manuscript poems/ documents.