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[WALT KUHN] Vera Spier Kuhn (1885–1961) studied jewelry-making in Washington D.C. and Woodstock, NY, and opened a studio on East 23rd Street in 1908. There, she met Walt; they married the next year. Vera Spier Kuhn (1885–1961) studied jewelry-making in Washington D.C. and Woodstock, NY, and opened a studio on East 23rd Street in 1908. There, she met Walt; they married the next year. Retained ink signed TLS, July 30, 1949, 1p, to James H. Wall, M.D., asking for the results of Walt's autopsy. She wants to know the connection between Kuhn's ulcers and his emotional disturbance. By the 1940s, Kuhn’s behavior began to take on unsound characteristics. He became increasingly irascible and distant from old friends. When the Ringling Brothers Circus was in town, he attended night after night. (During a hard-pressed period in the 1920s, Kuhn had worked as a designer and director for revues and circus acts.) 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. Includes Dr. Wall's reply giving Vera an explanation about uclers and how they were associated with "individuals of Mr. Kuhn's temperament." The handwritten noter top corner is by Vera for Brenda, her daughter. Envelope to Brenda is present. Extremely Rare!. Pictures of Vera & Walt Kuhn are not included.

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Walt Kuhn's Autopsy Results - RARE!

Estimate $700 - $900Aug 16, 2014
PO Box 849
Wells, ME 04090
United States
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