Lot 576: ALS in French, signed "Henri," two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.25 x 6.75, no date. Letter to his mother, Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec, in full (translated): "I will not come to Rue de Douai on Thursday, as Georges will take me to lunch in Rueil. Please try and come tomorrow afternoon. We will arrange our little businesses so that we will not miss each other." Lautrec adds a postscript, "I have an appointment at the printer on Friday, can you give me lunch, even meager?" In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold touching a tip of the signature, and some light scattered creases.Lautrec's relationship with his mother, certainly the most important in his short life of 36 years, was very close and often very strained. In an attempt to control his alcoholism and improve his health in the late 1890s, Adele restricted most of his movements, controlled his finances, and even briefly institutionalized him. Mentioned in this letter [believed to have been written around 1899] is his dear friend George Sene, one of the few who supported him through this dark stage of his life. Despite his condition, he was still creating artwork, noting an appointment with the printer of his famous posters. Incredibly rare in any form, this tender letter to his mother written during his final period of struggle is a remarkable piece, showing that his art remained a priority to the end.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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