Lot 558: Outstanding ALS in French, one page, 4.5 x 7, February 6, 1890. Letter written from his home at Giverny par Vernon, where he painted his famous 'Water Lilies' series, to artist Jules Cheret, in full (translated): "Thank you for sending your contribution (100 francs) for the subscription to buy the Olympia by Manet." In fine condition.
Edouard Manet's painting Olympia, an arrestingly bold nude of a reclining prostitute, immediately sparked controversy upon its unveiling at the 1865 Paris Salon. Later recognized as one of the artist's true masterpieces, Monet spearheaded a public campaign to raise money for the French government to purchase the painting. These letters are highly coveted and difficult to find, with this one holding the additional appeal of its recipient: celebrated Belle Epoque painter and lithographer Jules Cheret. A fantastic piece which has been in private hands since the 1930s, returning to the market for the first time in over ninety years.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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