DescriptionDiego Rivera Collection Regarding the Sale of the Painting Calla Lilies to Paulette Goddard, including two documents signed by Rivera and two signed by Paulette Goddard. This collection consists of nearly twenty-five documents dating between December 20, 1941, through June 20, 1942.
Rivera and the actress Paulette Goddard were friends who may have had a more intimate relationship. In early 1942, the Mexican artist sold the painting Calla Lilies to the actress. He then shipped it to her Beverly Hills address from Mexico City, but it was held in Customs. Many of the documents in this collection are associated with Goddard's attempts in early 1942 to clear the painting through Customs. At the time, Goddard - referred to simply as "Miss Goddard" in most letters and documents of this collection - was married to Charlie Chaplin, whom she divorced in Mexico later that summer. (Some of the included letters refer to Chaplin, including one acknowledging that Goddard, rather than "Mr. Chaplin," was to "bear any and all expense in connection with her portrait.") Rivera had painted an earlier portrait of the actress, and in 1940, he had included a depiction of Goddard holding his hand in the mural Pan American Unity.
The following documents are included:
1. One painting invoice signed by Rivera (Mexico City, February 19, 1942) for "one oil & tempera painting" purchased by Paulette Goddard. The invoice is for Calla Lilies, which cost $1,000, plus $20.50 for additional charges. Rivera has signed both sides of the invoice as a seller. On the verso, the artist signed under his statement that he "painted it in Mexico."
2. A tariff document ("Declaration in Connection with Paintings, Etc., and Sculptures," February 19, 1942) signed by Rivera as the artist for Calla Lilies. The document has an American Consular Service stamp in the lower left corner.
3. Two carbon-copied typed letters signed by Paulette Goddard giving authority "to turn over all necessary documents for clearance on one oil painting and any future shipments to Wm. X. Huber & Company."
4. Two telegrams (both dated March 1942) concerning damage to Calla Lilies while in transit.
5. Three letters concerning Goddard's lending of three Diego paintings to Bullock's Store of Los Angeles for an exhibit (May and June 1942).
6. Various typed letters, telegraphs, carbon copies from U.S. Customs and custom house brokers, all regarding the shipment of Calla Lilies from Mexico City to Goddard's home in Beverly Hills.
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