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Alberto Giacometti autograph letter signed, with extremely rare content regarding his sculptures. Dated 5 March 1934 from Paris, he writes in black fountain pen to his childhood friend Alice Hirschfeld, translated from French in full,

''Paris, March 5, 1934 / Dear Alice, Excuse my too-long silence, since I arrived I have thought every day of writing to you. Events and a kind of general dejection have prevented me from sending you news of myself. In Zurich you were infinitely kind; the more I see you, the happier I am to see you again, and I am expressing myself very poorly.

The first week here was very eventful, but at least something was happening! and now there is a rather concerning silence, which will not last very long probably.

I had to work constantly and I started some new sculptures that I am thinking of exhibiting this spring. Outside of that, this is a life terribly wasted, I am bored a lot and often, really want to get out of this state, which hasn't been better until just today; so you will have to forgive me for both the handwriting and the paper, which is not very pretty, but it's all they have at this cafe, and I would rather write to you today, no matter how, than not write to you at all, and while I write I feel better! But my mind is rather empty and I can't tell you anything interesting, nothing is happening anyway! I almost never go out during the day, and in the evening I meet up with friends, almost always the same ones. I have lost all contact with women, which doesn't make things better! I do not see them or find them anywhere, I do not know how long this state of affairs will go on! It's quite unpleasant and more than that. So I am working on a woman in plaster who will be seated on a sort of throne and will have marvelous eyes, with the head of a curious animal asleep on the side, that is just about all that really occupies me at the moment and that makes life more or less bearable, as I wait for who knows what! That's all the news!

And you? Are you going to take off for Sicily? No? Do you often walk at the edge of this forest with your daughter? Have you also written some little stories in Italy?

I am in a great hurry to mail this letter, it's not very brilliant, but it will be a sign that I often think of you with much warmth. / Will you write me someday? / Very affectionately, your / Alberto / 46 rue Hippolyte Maindron / Paris, 14th arrondissement''. Four page letter on bifolium stationery measures 5.375'' x 8.25'' as folded. Fold, light creasing, and small chip to margin, overall very good to near fine condition. A very rare letter by the artist.
Alberto Giacometti Autograph Letter Signed With Extremely Rare Content on His Sculptures -- ''...I am working on a woman in plaster who will be seated on a sort of throne...''Alberto Giacometti Autograph Letter Signed With Extremely Rare Content on His Sculptures -- ''...I am working on a woman in plaster who will be seated on a sort of throne...''Alberto Giacometti Autograph Letter Signed With Extremely Rare Content on His Sculptures -- ''...I am working on a woman in plaster who will be seated on a sort of throne...''Alberto Giacometti Autograph Letter Signed With Extremely Rare Content on His Sculptures -- ''...I am working on a woman in plaster who will be seated on a sort of throne...''
Alberto Giacometti Autograph Letter Signed With Extremely Rare Content on His Sculptures -- ''...I am working on a woman in plaster who will be seated on a sort of throne...''
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