Typed Letter Signed: Alechinsky, one of the artists who, with Christian Dotremont, Karel Appel, Asger Jorn and two others formed the avant-garde art group Cobra in 1948. Cobra emphasized freedom for each artist to develop their own style. The Cobra group was short lived, lasting only from 1948 to 1951. During this time, Alechinsky ran Cobra’s magazine entitled “Cobra,” issuing a total of 8 issues between 1949 and 1951. Issue #6, in 1950, contained Hugo Claus’ work, coinciding with his exhibition “Apport 49” in the gallery Apollo. That same year, his book “Zonder vorm van process” was published and distributed by Cobra. Alechinsky designed the cover and made two lithographs [see esther schreuder blog ]. In the letter offered here. Alechinsky asks for support for his magazine and mentions Claus’ work. He signs, "P. Alechinsky." Typed Document Signed, titled, "Perdu en Pleine Pate" translated as "Lost in Paint." Above the title, the artist has penned his full name, "Pierre Alechinsky," with last name in full capitols and added the date on the last page, "27.1.1954." In 1951, Alechinsky went to Paris to study engraving with William Stanley Hayter. He had received a grant to study at Atelier 17 where he became very interested in Asian calligraphy. His first exhibition in Paris in 1954 and in 1955, he went to Japan to study Japanese brush strokes and Asian art. His “Something of a World,” an etching with text in mirror image of a poem by the artist, was printed by Atelier 17 in 1952. “Something of a World” is typed in the manuscript offered here. If Alechinsky typed this manuscript himself, he has typed his poems and thoughts/reflections on painting and producing art, most of which (if not all) are published in his “Lettre suit,” published by Gallimard, Paris, in 1992. In “Lettre suit,” Alechinsky writes a memoir, an autobiography, with an essay on lost paintings, lost art, and incorporates poems and thoughts where he incorporates the ideas, comments and poems from these manuscript pages. It’s possible Alechinsky put together these thoughts and poems for a proposed memoir which didn’t manifest itself until 1992.
From TLS: "Our magazine, by the way, is the only international art review that gives amateurs a wide exposure. We consider ourselves lucky to have the support of the Maeght Gallery, represented by M. Langui, M. Giron, and M. Curt Valentin, and in a future issue we will feature original prints of Miró and Giacometti." From TDS: Page 1 begins. "The breakwater parallels/ Only meet in infinity/ By means of a Small boat." Page 2 begins: "Something of a world/ Where the writing of a glass/ Hiding in the shadow/ Approaches the reverse." Page 3 begins: "So inhale the decadence/ Of dead nights stuck in the mud/ Yield to them the glass of separations/ Like salted ice...." Page 4 begins: "The problems/ They stretch so they can throw a stick in our wheel. We see them in a hole, certain that we have rendered them immobile. They hold us, they hum to the cradle that tosses us from the road into the ditch. They hem us in and say to us, 'there...there… that’s it … there'...." He writes the date at the end of page 4.