Lot 545: ALS in French, one page on a 4.5 x 5.5 French 'Carte Pneumatique,' postmarked June 10, 1913. Letter to her biographer, art critic Achille Segard. In full (translated): "Will the 'tondo' be kept much longer for reproduction purposes? I would like to have it back to be able to exhibit it at Manzi, if he still cares for having my paintings. I am planning to leave for the country very soon. I have here some of the portraits of mine you asked for." In fine condition, with scattered creases. Segard needed photographs of Cassatt and her paintings for his upcoming monograph, Mary Cassatt: Peintre des Enfants et des Meres, and it seems that he had possession of a 'tondo'—the Renaissance term for a large circular work of art—for these purposes. The painting in question is most likely her 1901 work 'Mother and Two Children,' now in the collection Westmoreland Museum of Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Cassatt hoped to exhibit the painting with Michel Manzi, an art dealer and friend of Degas. This letter presents a great association between the artist and her biographer, and is further enhanced by its artistic content.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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