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Lot 101: Walter Kuhn (1877-1949) his Maine Water Bill

East Coast Books

August 18, 2022
Wells, ME, US

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Walter Kuhn (1877-1949) American painter and an organizer of the famous Armory Show of 1913, which was America's first large-scale introduction to European Modernism.TLS, Nov. 7, 1936, 1p, signed in ink by Walt Kuhn. Kuhn had the habit of keeping copies of letters sent to others, and actually signing them. This letter was his retained copy to the water dept. in Kennebunk & Wells, Maine, which also covered Ogunquit back then. Kuhn says that they didn't use their Maine cottage during the past season, water pipes not connected, therefore he did not pay a water bill. A day later the water dept. sends Kuhn a letters basically saying that if he had just sent them a letter before the billing to let them know he would not have gotten a bill. They cancelled the charge for 1935. Although this letter seems rather routine you should know that Walt Kuhn throughout his life was often a difficult person with others. By the 1940s, Kuhn’s behavior began to take on unsound characteristics. He became increasingly irascible and distant from old friends. He also became frustrated by the lack of attention his own work was receiving and was particularly strident about the Museum of Modern Art's support of abstraction and neglect of American art in the postwar period. In 1948, he was institutionalized, and on July 13, 1949, he died suddenly from a perforated ulcer. VG.

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