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Handwritten letter and drawing by Cícero Dias to Manuel Bandeira

Handwritten letter and drawing by Cícero Dias to Manuel Bandeira

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Cícero Dias tells, and draws, his intense feelings for a muse to his great friend Manuel Bandeira.

Unpublished handwritten letter from Cicero Dias to Manuel Bandeira. one page, front and back. In Portuguese. No date, no location. 13.7 cm x 9.6 cm. Excellent condition. Single piece.


I received the telegram from / you, you don't know how I always / continue
admiring my / great friend Manuel Bandeira. / All that was a
effect of / love of much love I eat / always without knowing where to end up. /
Flag you don't know / I'll tell you nothing / everything, everything. / You
wrote about our / Gueldi 1 should be great the / written. / Me now
I'm loving and living / in damned excitement / night and day oh my
Flag / if I could already be painting / how many times would I have /
kissed my / love's mouth how many times I / would have given flowers and
stars // you know me now / let it grow a / mustache. / might be right /
that when / I get there I will / draw myself until / I die. / Ella is beautiful
calculate / which is a sum / of Brigte-Helm 2 and of / Greta Garbo is the summary /
of everything in the world / that we know. / Flag plus mine / biggest hug
/ Cicero Dias (signed)

You must give it to Alvaro Moreyra / to publish poetry about me / in
Palace Hall for Carnival / everyone here thinks it's great.

1 Goeldi
2 Brigitte Helm

Born in Recife, Bandeira (1886 - 1968) published his first book, “The gray hours”, as soon as he returned from Switzerland, the country to which he had traveled to treat his tuberculosis. Since then, he has not stopped, and between poetry, prose and anthologies, he marked his simple, but lyrical style, dealing with universal and everyday themes. Cícero Dias (1907 - 2003), on the other hand, despite also being from Pernambuco, was born in Escada, in 1907, and grew up in the interior of the state until his move to Rio de Janeiro, at the age of thirteen. In the capital of Rio, he had his first exhibition and never stopped, working both in Brazil, as well as in the United States and Europe. In his works, women, houses and foliage were recurrent elements, the painter maintained the influence of Brazilianness even when in foreign soils.

However, more than important names in the history of Brazilian art, Manuel and Cícero were great friends. Bandeira, for example, very positively criticized an exhibition by the painter at the General Polyclinic in 1928, declaring that Cícero's art was profoundly dramatic and deforming. More intimate details of this friendship are revealed in this unpublished letter from the painter to the poet, in which Cícero claims to be in love, talks about the intensity of his feelings and the beauty of the woman he loves, and says: “Now I am in love, I live in a hell of a rush”, after all, who among us does not know such a feeling?

Cícero does not reveal the name of his muse he drew here, would she be Raymonde Dias? The beautiful Frenchwoman, who became the painter's wife and lived with him for more than 60 years, was one of the greatest supporters of his art. Cícero and Raymonde met in a Paris devastated by the German occupation, and even in the midst of chaos, they fell in love and were never able to separate.

We know Cícero's inks and Bandeira's words almost like hymns, and even so, his most confidential sayings reveal the human personalities behind his deserved recognition. The personal correspondence of the great artists gives us the opportunity to penetrate their armor and find a point of identification that reframes their works. Manuel Bandeira and Cícero Dias were men who felt and lived like all of us, however, they transformed these experiences into art, and with that they left us a present and infinite stories to be imagined.

That's why this letter of immense intensity is so special: it can be yours.

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