Lot 639: ALS in French, one page, 4.25 x 5, September 16, 1887. Telegramme to his friend and biographer Gustave Geffroy. In part (translated): "...Impossible to see Rodin. I received a letter from our friend who didn't get me the list in question. I was therefore obliged to go on a campaign and take all kinds of steps for my son…I don't even know whether I'll be able to find time to go and shake Rodin's hand…I'll see both of you at Giverny." Addressed on the reverse in Monet's hand. In fine condition.Monet and Rodin were close friends and held each others' work in high regard; although it is not known how they were introduced, it was quite possibly through Geffroy. By 1887 Rodin was a frequent visitor at Monet's famous garden at Giverny, and earlier in the year they had exhibited together at Georges Petit's gallery in Paris along with great artists such as Pissarro, Whistler, and Morisot. They would exhibit again at the Galerie Petit in 1889, an ambitious project that essentially served as a retrospective for Monet's body of work. Geffroy wrote the preface of the catologue for Rodin's portion of the show. An exceptional, boldly penned letter connecting these tremendously important artistic figures.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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