Item #4140 MONDRIAN, PIET. Autograph Letter SIGNED. PIET MONDRIAN.
MONDRIAN, PIET. Autograph Letter SIGNED.
MONDRIAN, PIET. Autograph Letter SIGNED.

(1872-1944) Dutch artist, contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group, and developed a non-representational art form he termed neoplasticism.

MONDRIAN, PIET. Autograph Letter SIGNED.

Piet Mondrian, Autograph Letter SIGNED. Mondrian writes in English about exhibiting his art. Writing from New York on Feb. 28, 1943, he states his preference not to show old works at important exhibitions. He did not want to participate in an American Abstract Artists (AAA) exhibition for this reason he explained . To AAA founding member Gertrude Greene (1904 – 1956), Mondrian writes, "I am glad to hear you and [Balcomb] both are well. I shall send the $4 dues to Mr. Cavallon. I am very sorry about not showing at the A.A.A. but I don't like to come with old works at a such [sic] important exhibit. Harry Holtzman is still in Kansas waiting for the service, I think. I did not hear from them. Hoping to meet you again at the opening A.A.A….” . Gertrude and husband Balcomb Greene (1904-90) were active proponents of Abstract Art working with the AAA committee. Gertrude, an abstract painter and sculptor, worked as a gallery attendant at the AAA's first annual exhibition and was the group's first paid employee. Balcomb served as the first president of the AAA whose members included Willem De Kooning, Ad Reinhardt, Lee Krasner, Holtzman who like Mondrian emigrated to the US. SIGNED, "Piet Mondrian," and again."P. Mondrian," in the envelope's return address. The two page letter on one 8vo sheet is slightly trimmed at the bottom edge.

The American Abstract Artists was formed in 1936 in New York City and through its exhibitions, publications, and lectures advanced the understanding of the new art. Harry Holtzman (1912 – 1987) was an American artist and founding member of the AAA. He was executor of Mondrian’s Estate and in 1983 co-edited a volume of Mondrian’s complete essays. During the German Blitz of London in 1940, Holtzman arranged for Mondrian to come to New York, where he arrived that October. Giorgio Cavallon (1904–1989) was a founding member of the AAA and a pioneer Abstract Expressionist. 2 pp on one 8vo sheet, with SIGNED envelope postmarked, New York, Feb. 28, 1943.

Item #4140

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