Remarkable & Important Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright
WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd (1867-1959). American architect, interior designer and writer. He designed more than 1,000 structures. Wright was the most influential architect of his time. He adapted his buildings to the local environment using the colors, forms and textures of nature to furnish the aesthetic as well as the functional requirements of those that would inhabit the structure. Wright's most notable structures are the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (1922); Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania (1936); and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City (1959), along with his homes Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin (1911); and Taliesin West in Phoenix, Arizona (1938). He also wrote several books, including An Organic Architecture (1939), When Democracy Builds (1946), and An American Architecture (1955).
REBAY, Baroness Hilla von (1890-1967) German abstract artist who immigrated to the U.S. in 1927. She settled in New York City and became the key figure in advising Solomon Guggenheim to collect art. She reached out to Frank Lloyd Wright and was influential for him to design a museum for her patron Solomon Guggenheim. Hilla von Rebay co-founded and was the first director of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, a position she held for thirteen years. After Guggenheims death, the family expelled her from the Board of Directors. When the new museum opened in 1959 she was not invited to the opening. She never set foot in the museum she created.
GUGGENHEIM, Solomon (1861-1949). Businessman and art collector.
Remarkable and important typed letter signed by Frank Lloyd Wright to Hilla von Rebay of the Museum of Non Objective Painting, 1071 5th Ave. New York City. Wright writes: “Dear Hilla Rebay, My thoughts are with you my dear and the Guggenheim family. Its not going to be easy without Solomon and I think it is wise to wait with construction until we can meet with the lawyer after Solomons services. I spoke briefly with Peggy and the family has made arrangements at Salem Fields Cemetery in Brookln. I will travel from Taliesin East the day before. With deepest sympathy, Signed in full, Frank Lloyd Wright. November 5, 1949.” Solomon Guggenheim died on November 3rd. Family members especially Peggy (mentioned in this letter) Solomon’s niece found Hilla’s personality very difficult to work with. Letter in very good condition...........................$1,100.00