Lot 599: ALS in French, signed "Jongkind," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, April 30, 1858. In part (translated): "Last night I received your letter of the 28th, and I thank you for the hundred francs. I am pleased by the success and everything you said…I thank you for the news that Mr. Marchand received my picture, he has not written yet. Now I work at another picture of skaters and winter effect which…I will send to you next Monday…pray as usual to give me at once the news of the good reception. My dear Martin, if you can send me one hundred francs to 10 May you oblige me. Meanwhile my noble friend so I can not tell you the nice thing because my mind is suffering or rather it makes me suffer a lot…It should be hoped that God will sustain me." Toning to edges, a few small tears, and show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition.
Despite his relative success selling paintings while living in Paris, Jongkind struggled to make ends meet and, in 1856, moved back to Holland where his expenses were far less. He painted prodigiously, and continued to send his work to art dealer Pierre-Firmin Martin, one of his most active promoters in Paris (likely the recipient of this letter). Martin took it upon himself to submit one of the artist's paintings to the Salon de Dijon in 1858, where it won a second class medal. Longing to return to France but unable to get his finances in order, Jongkind became the unexpected recipient of the Paris art community's generosity in 1860, when over 80 artists and collectors contributed work to a fundraising sale to bring him back to their city. He returned shortly after debt-free and determined to find his place in the art world.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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