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Letter with sketches of ‘The Kiss’, 1933 (22 December)

The letter reads: “Mon cher Ede,

Je vous remerci pour la plus belle fleur et d’une autre part je vous dois un mot en reponse a votre charmante lettre a la suit de votre dernier visite – J’explique a Vera que je voulé faire une poeme en reponse – et voila! le montagne a acouché d’une surir [sic (souris)]

Je vous envoyé [sic] par Vera un catalog de mon exposition a New York Il paré [sic (parait)] que c’est un succes apres ce qu’on dit, mais J’ai eu beaucoup du mal pour le faire et de l’avoir fait

Bon noèl aussi et je vous embrasse tous les deux et de tout coeur

Brancusi

Je vous enverai aussi des photos – il me samblé [sic] que vous les avez toutes”

Drawing [CB 4]

Reserve Collection

Pen and ink on paper

125 x 195 mm

About the artist

Brancusi was born in Hobitza, Romania. In 1904 he moved to Paris, where he spent the rest of his life. His early work was influenced by traditional Romanian carving, but in Paris, under Rodin's influence, he gradually evolved a pure, abstract manner that strove to depict the formal essence of objects without rejecting the natural world.