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    Alberto Giacometti Autograph Letter Signed. One page, recto and verso, 5.75" x 7.5", Stampa, Switzerland; October 1944. The letter is in French and addressed to his childhood friend, Alice Hirschfeld. Giacometti translates a song for her while expressing his impatience to be back in an area where they can more readily receive news. It reads in full [English Translation]:

    "Thank you very much for your very kind letter and for everything you say in it. We are still here until the beginning of November, but this year I am impatient to leave, to be in a city and to be better informed of what is going on. Under different external conditions I would find it very beautiful here, and also if my work were in a different state. Here is an approximate translation of the song: Rosetta my dear, I am full of sadness, must I live without you? That I cannot, I know it. Beautiful Rosetta, my heart is troubled. I am like a ([crossed out]? (fly I don't understand this word) in a barn and cannot get out, so my heart is going to burst. You have not freed me, I am undone by pain, good night, I am leaving, of death I am not afraid. I am not certain of that word 'musch'. Other than this, I know very little or, rather, nothing at all of the songs of Grisons or even those of the valley. I don't know what else to say this morning, and I will send you these few words. Once I am in Geneva I will let you know and, I hope, see you soon. As I've read, Sillone has returned to Italy, his exile finally over. I am not familiar with the sculptor giving Madeline lessons. I will be better, I hope, once I have left."

    Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was a Swiss sculptor famous for his human figures. Much of his work was influenced by Surrealism and Cubism.

    Condition: Minute foxing and smoothed folds.

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