2) autograph manuscript by Malevich containing his annotated transcripts of poems by Kruchenykh and others inscribed at the head ("This is a poem sent by Kruchenykh" [translation]), including
i) the 42-line poem 'My ustaly' ("I am weary") here ascribed to "Sergei Pushkin", dated 1817 and signed for him at the end, written on the left-hand side of the page, with four passages of commentary on the right, including a response to a letter by Ivan Klyun about Kruchenykh and non-figurative art, 1 page, with on the verso:
ii) a 13-line poem ostensibly addressed to Malevich ("O Casimir..."), signed and dated with "apologies" to Pushkin at the end ("...S. Pushkin Tsarske Selo 1817");
iii) a poem 'Pivet ot Feta' ("Greetings from Fet") about Kruchenykh and Malevich, and
iv) a poetic statement by Kruchenykh, marked "Kopie" at the head
4 pages, folio (c.35 x 22cm), all written in blue ink, and apparently sent together, autograph envelope addressed "Konstantin Antonovich Shimikevich", unstamped and unfranked [Leningrad], 18 March 1929, some small waterstains to the letter, and creasing at folds
Shimkevich, the addressee, was a literary critic and head of the department of contemporary literature in the State University of the History of Art in Leningrad. Malevich was himself expelled from this institute only a few months after this letter was written. Indeed his whole department closed down as a result of the rise of Stalinism from 1927 onwards and its authoritarian predilection for Socialist Realism. Nevertheless Malevich had a retrospective of art at the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow in November.
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