1941-01-30 00:00:00

January 30

The artist writes [in English via ELP] from Los Angeles, 30 January 1941, to his patron Sigmund Firestone,

‘You suggest, as have some of my other good friends here, that I apply for citizenship in this country. I am not sure I have the right to ask for safety, comfort and enlargement of my field of action, because the main subject of my painting has been my small, unsafe, and uncomfortable country. Millions of workers and peasants there are unable to seek advantages more than I have, and therefore I don’t like to do so either. I really love the United States, and I sincerely believe I speak the language of this country more than the Mexican, and it is precisely for this reason that I dislike to use the sympathy of the country for me opportunistically. I prefer to be a good friend rather than a suspicious member of the family. After all, my real aim is only to arrive at the creation of a common citizenship for everybody living on our continent, to destroy totalitarians such as Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and company. I am very grateful to you for your friendly feeling. Circumstances may someday place me in the position of making the steps as a matter of life or death; only in this case could I take it.’” [Emphasis added] (Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts, NY, Dec. 13, 2002)