Lot n° 128
1000 - 1200
Result with fees
: 2 240EUR
MONET Claude (1840-1926)
Signed autograph letter addressed to the art critic Arsène ALEXANDRE.
Giverny by Vernon, August 21, 1920, 3 pages in ink on double page in-8. With autograph envelope.
Addressed to the art critic Arsène Alexandre (1859-1937), about the difficult negotiations that led to the donation of Monet's Water Lilies to the French State: "Dear Mr. Alexandre, I answer your letter immediately and want to tell you that you misunderstood me. What I said to you during your visit is agreed. About the gift I want to make to the State, and about the work you agreed to do for Mr. Bernheim, but I was wrong to let myself go at a time of discouragement and misunderstood in the nervous state I was in. Believe me, I only asked you to give me a few days of respite in order to take advantage of the few beautiful days we have. Finally to save the few paintings that I have undertaken but I see and regret infinitely that you have misunderstood my intentions. I ask you again, give me a few days and we can talk usefully again. Believe in my best feelings [...]".
Arsène Alexandre, who was a civil servant at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at the time, was one of the first officials to contact Monet for his donation.
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