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Item 440 - Friedensreich Hundertwasser Catalog 558 (Jun 2019)

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Controversial Austrian artist (1928-2000) best known for his fanciful architectural designs. ALS in German, signed “Friedensreich,” three pages on two sheets, 8.25 x 11.75, June 26, 1980. Letter to Marina Bossew, in part (translated): "Lying in bed naked shortly before midnight and read your letter wanted to write tomorrow then thought better right away or I won’t have the time for I am in the midst of an exciting architectural project and want to go on holiday the day after tomorrow. My holidays however mean: painting. For my fall exhibition….Fierce reactions after my discussion on the ‘Club 2’ TV show, especially in the ‘Arbeiterzeitung’ (‘Workers’ Paper’), may send you something. Funny actually how one can gain such a false impression of me. But little surprise that the people shroud me in such a mystique if the scribblers go after me that way…Am most envious of your world cruise. Are you rich? …My house has become a castle, is getting more and more beautiful, like an oriental palace with silver bulbous spires, hundreds of windows all different. Finally I am also an architect—hope to survive this. Well worth the effort—the house will be too beautiful to be believed. Particularly for Vienna." On the last page, he sketches the 'Hundertwasserhaus,' then in its planning stages—an apartment house in Vienna’s Landstrasse district built after Hundertwasser’s idea and concept with architect Joseph Krawina, today considered an expressionist landmark of the city. In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

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