Lot 660: Major French symbolist poet and critic (1842–1898) whose work anticipated and inspired several revolutionary artistic schools of the early 20th century, such as Dadaism, Surrealism, and Futurism. ALS in French, one page, 8 x 6.25, January 26, 1890. Letter to prominent French bibliophile, publisher, and journalist Octave Uzanne, in full (translated): "Please enroll me, as I'm late, among those at the dinner for Bouchor, and accept my cordial handshake." Also addressed on the reverse in Mallarme's hand. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and a couple small tears to edges from seal removal.Uzanne is known to have organized several 'secret' dinner parties throughout 1890, inviting some of the greatest intellectual and artistic figures of the period, including Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Octave Mirbeau, and Joris-Karl Huysmans. In this case, it seems that Uzanne was arranging a dinner in honor of poet and sculptor Maurice Bouchor, best known for his verse, satire, and short plays using marionettes of his own design. Previously sold was a letter of the same date from Claude Monet to Octave Uzanne in which the painter wrote: 'I am very happy to join Maurice Bouchor's friends to celebrate his nomination of Knight of the Legion of Honor.' Mallarme and Monet are certainly referring to the same event, making this an especially intriguing piece rife with important historical and artistic associations.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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