Lot 554: Important French post-Impressionist painter (1848–1903) recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style. In 1891, he traveled to Tahiti, where the brilliant hues and primitive sculpture closely complemented his own art, which was marked by strong colors, few lines, and flat patterns. ALS in French, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, no date. Letter to Emile Schuffenecker, thanking him for arranging for Gauguin to travel to Paris by train. In very good condition, with light foxing, toning, and a few small areas of repaired paper loss to edges. A painter, art teacher, and collector—most notably one of Van Gogh's earliest collectors—Schuffenecker was one of Gauguin's closest friends, and an outspoken supporter of his artistic career. He was also responsible for proposing the important 1889 exhibition at the Volpini Gallery, which became a key moment in Gauguin's career, expanding his influence on young painters.
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Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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