Great Neck Estates, NY: 1974.
1 page, 10.5 x 8 inches, Great Neck Estates, NY, November 18, 1974. In this letter, Gropper provides the recipient with detailed biographical information, in part: "...I studied art under Robert Henri and George Bellows...their influence on my outlook on life and creativity was enough for me to be inspired for many growing years. In 1927, on the tenth anniversary of the U.S.S.R. - top artists, writers...were invited to visit that country...Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis and myself were among the guests of the Soviet writers and artists at that conference...and we held discussions on their approach to art and life. At the time I made hundreds of sketches of people wherever I went...and was not hindered or censored in my work. I was and still am interested in people...not in military installations or secret war machines. Artists are the creators that build treasures of civilization. It so happens that Soviet art is supported by their government and their people...so young artists seem to be resigned to struggle for existence and recognition. I have come to the conclusion that all politicians have ever produced is trouble and taxes...and I don't give a hoot for any of them. It matters little to me if you like what I say or not, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm giving it to you straight." Light natural folds; near fine condition.
Radical American artist and illustrator best known for his contributions to The Liberator, New Masses, and The Daily Worker.