Lot 529: ALS in French, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 6, no date. A charming letter to the Spanish painter Josep Maria Sert, in part (translated): "I'm glad, more than I say unto you, and very proud, of the two designs of today. If you want I'll ask for you Tuesday at 2:00, and if you want more, you will take me to see the Tablets at Sedelmayer. After installation I ask you, take me to see him there before Georgie, who would want to go with you before me. I know you enough, my friend, to consent to what I want and stay there with me first. Because I am inclined to believe she wants to see them before me, with you, only to have the 'Grand Art' symbolized for her, forever, by Edouard Detaille. Sert, take me to the paintings, I will give you absurd or ludicrous opinions, but they will be those of Colette." Includes an untranslated letter from her first husband "Willy," Henry Gauthier-Villars. In fine condition, with slight show-through from writing to opposing sides, and trivial soiling. Sert was a Spanish muralist and friend of Salvador Dali who practiced his famous grisaille style over the course of several years while living abroad in Paris. Colette moved freely in France's artistic circles after being introduced by her husband Willy, a well-known writer and music critic.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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