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A Letter From Anna Justine Mahler (June 15, 1904–June 3, 1988) to Dennis William Brumm

Anna Mahler, the daughter of Austrian 19th/20th century composer Gustav Mahler, wrote me a letter about a year or two before she died in 1988. This was in answer to an invitation to visit San Francisco and come to a party where two friends of mine (Mahler aficionados) were "unveiling" a painting of her father which they had commissioned by a local artist friend of theirs. The scheme was to bring her here and surprise them.

A strange series of coincidences right before their party had transpired which put me in contact with Ms. Mahler. The photograph of her below was taken in the 1930s.

The text of the Letter:

13 June

Dear Mr. Brumm

My friend Harry Freidenberg told me about your kind invitation to San Francisko. I am sorry I never got it.

Maybe you could be kind enough to send me a snapshot of the head of Mahler you are unveiling.

Many thanks.

Yours,
Anna Mahler

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More biogrphical data about Anna Mahler:


ANNA MAHLER (1904-1988)
sculptress & Alma's second daughter

Anna ("Gucki") Mahler lost her father, Gustav Mahler, at the early age of seven, and thereafter shared the inconstant life of her mother, Alma. As a small child, she would sit for hours in Oskar Kokoschka's studio (Oskar was one of Alma's lovers), watching him painting "The Bride of the Wind." Walter Gropius (her mother's lover and later one of her husbands) and Franz Werfel (ditto) became her stepfathers. Frequent changes of place, coupled with Alma's changing friendships, characterized her youth. After showing an initial interest in music, Anna became a painter and sculptress and, in 1937, was awarded the "Grand Prix" at the Paris World Fair for her sculpture "Female Nude." In 1938 she emigrated to London, which meant, above all, a painful end of her close attachment to her mother's pitiful third husband, Franz Werfel.

Anna lived in Los Angeles by about the 1930s; many of her sculptures are featured prominently in different places in L. A.


Owner/SourceDennis William Brumm
DateJune 13, 1986?
PlaceBel Air, Los Angeles County, California
Latitude34.0833418
Longitude-118.4486913
File name198x-06-13 Letter from Anna Mahler to Dennis Brumm.jpg
File Size178.37k
Dimensions1118 x 927
Linked toDennis William Brumm

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