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Flora Morgan-Snell's handwritten letter (1973)

Flora Morgan-Snell's handwritten letter (1973)

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In 1973, Brazilian artist Flora Morgan -Snell thanks a renowned French art critic who knew how to recognize her talent.

  • Handwritten letter from Flora Morgan-Snell to Bernard Gauthron.
  • 4 pages including 2 drawings, and the envelope.
  • In French.
  • Paris, June 24, 1973.
  • Perfect condition.
  • Unique set.

We are often fascinated by famous historical personalities who have many talents: the Glórias collection aims to present many of them to Sofia, my daughter, and to you, through autograph documents. There are also famous people who have no talents, they are the new heroes of modern times produced by television and the internet, who history will probably forget. But there is another category that I also want to present in this collection: talents that are not (yet) famous. These are my "bets".

Flora Morgan -Snell (1920 - 2007) is, in my point of view, one of the great artists that Brazil and the world are unaware of or have forgotten. What were your skills? The painting and sculpture that I discovered one day on my digital walks. Her works are ignored in Brazil, although she has won major awards such as the Leonard de Vinci, from the Paris Free Art Salon and Greek Sculpture, and has exhibited in galleries such as Bernheim-Jeune and the Museum of Modern Art in France, participated in UNESCO events and organized exhibitions of contemporary Brazilian and foreign artists in Europe.

The writer Clarice Lispector (in the last of her interviews for the magazine Fatos e Fotos, published shortly before her death) tells of her visit to the painter's house: (...) we were welcomed into the ultra sumptuous apartment by a properly uniformed butler. (...). During practically the entire interview (Ms. Snell) didn't stop smiling (...) she was laconic in her answers (...). I have met many artists – painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, novelists – and I can say that Mrs. Snell was the only one to convey such absolute self-confidence to me, without any sign of the doubts that occur in those who create art (.. .)

According to Roberto Ormon who studied his life, the artist grew up in Petrópolis and soon revealed her self-taught nature. Her interest in the human body led her to anatomy books and to watching wrestling championships, where she witnessed the strength and movement that she would address in her work. When seeking formal study in Rio de Janeiro, the young woman ended up being dismissed from the course. The reason? There was nothing more the teacher could teach him. At the age of 25, she participated in two exhibitions in the former federal capital and married Albert de Moustier, a descendant of the French aristocracy.

Flora moved to Paris, where she established the image of a socialite in an environment dominated by men, such as exhibition jurors who sometimes even imagined that the works were, in fact, by her husband. Coming from a wealthy family, the painter did not depend on selling canvases to live and created them for those who admired her, fulfilling private, institutional and French state orders. Roberto Ormon also tells where some of his works can be found in France: the panels that were in the Church of the Trinity are today in the church of Saint-Michel des Batignolles (Paris, Place Saint-Jean, 17th arrondisement); another panel, called "The Kidnappers of the Sea", was taken to the Les Atlantes Center, in the city of Les Sables d'Olonne.

In this letter, Flora Morgan -Snell thanks in French an art critic who published an article about her in the French magazine l´amateur d´art (the Art Amateur) which was renowned in France in the 1970s-1980s. In addition to the absolutely spectacular calligraphy (graphologist friends, what can you tell us?), the artist presents the recipient with two original drawings typical of her work.

Epoca magazine article about Flora Morgan-Snell.

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