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    "Spent last evening with the Mexican artists Diego Rivera & Covarrubias"

    George Gershwin Autograph Letter Signed on a postcard. 5.5" x 3.5" (sight), Alvaro Obregon, D. F., Mexico, circa 1935. In this letter, the popular composer and pianist asks Dr. Albert Sirmay of New York about his "baby Porgy." (This letter was written shortly after Gershwin released Porgy and Bess.) Gershwin also informs Dr. Sirmay that he spent the previous evening with Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Miguel Covarrubias. The postcard features a color photographic image of San Angel Inn, a seventeenth-century monastery in Alvaro Obregon, D. F., Mexico, on one side. The postcard is matted to an overall size of 9.5" x 7.5" (the postcard remains visible from both sides). Very clean. Text and signature are clear and bold. The letter reads in full:

    "Hello dear Doktor, My, how you would love this place, with it's beautiful scenes & picturesque costumes. Spent last evening with the Mexican artists Diego Rivera & Covarrubias & had great fun. Hope you run in to see how my baby Porgy is getting on. Warm greetings, [signed] George."

    Gershwin drew and painted as hobbies, so when he visited Mexico with Gregory Zilboorg, his psychiatrist, in late 1935, he was drawn to Mexican artists, such as Rivera and Covarrubias. He went on to form an especially close friendship with Rivera. Albert Sirmay, who arrived in New York in the 1920s, was Gershwin's principal editor. Though Sirmay never received his doctorate, many referred to him as "Doctor." According to Howard Pollack's biography of Gershwin (George Gershwin: His Life and Work, University of California Press, 2007, 192), Sirmay cried the first time he heard "Bess, You Is My Woman Now."


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    April, 2015
    9th Thursday
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