Portrait de Moravagine
Private collection, NL
Moravagine is a Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961) novel, published by Grasset en 1926. It is a complex opus, with a central figure (the Moravagine character) like a dark persona of the author which he gets rid of through writing. Its genesis took a decade (with Cendrars hinting at it as early as 1917) and Cendrars never stopped working on it. In 1956, the author somewhat rewrote the text, added a postface and a section titled "Pro domo: How I wrote Moravagine". In its ultimate revision, Cendrars says the book is definitely incomplete, as it was meant to be a preface to a "complete works of Moravagine" that are not there.
Portrait of Moravagine
Signed and titled Constant Portrait de Moravagine, bottom right in red gouache
Collection Adèle van Rijckevorsel, NL (gift)
2017 Collection Maurits Kruseman, NL (heirs Adèle van Rijckevorsel, NL)