Water color on Autograph Letter of Ninon Hesse, in German, 4 pages on one 8vo sheet, n.p., March 17, 1940. HERMANN HESSE.
Water color on Autograph Letter of Ninon Hesse, in German, 4 pages on one 8vo sheet, n.p., March 17, 1940.
HERMANN HESSE

(1877-1962) German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He is best best remembered for his novels “Steppenwolf” and “Siddhartha”.

Water color on Autograph Letter of Ninon Hesse, in German, 4 pages on one 8vo sheet, n.p., March 17, 1940.

Hesse's pastel colored painting depicts a charming pink house situated among trees and shrubs against a blue mountain background, approximately three square inches. The drawing takes up half of the letter's first page which is folded along the lower black ink outline of the acquarelle. Ninon Hesse, an art historian and Hesse's third wife, authenticates the water color. "The acquarelle in the letterhead was painted by Hesse. Sometimes he gives me this kind of stationery." The bulk of her letter relates to wartime conditions. "I am desperate because since March 1 I am not permitted anymore to send food parcels to my aunt. I was so glad to do something for her and now it's over. Several other people are also affected by this new regulation which - from a Swiss point of view - is justified. Oh, if my aunt and Grete could soon emigrate to America! I am very depressed on account of Finland and since this morning completely hopeless because of Romania's political New Orientation...." . Her reference to Finland may be to its signing a short-lived peace agreement with the Soviet Union in March shortly before she wrote this letter, and her reference to Romania likely refers to its support of Germany. Hesse and Ninon lived in Switzerland at the time of this letter. She ends her letter on a bright note with a brief anecdote about giving up free movie tickets. Condition: visible folds at slight crimping at top center above watercolor not affecting drawing.

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