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#611 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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An urgent appeal to one of his most reliable companions
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Important French painter and printmaker (1864–1901) whose lively, colorful portrayals of the people and places of fin-de-siècle Paris take a place among the most iconic images of the era. ALS in French, signed “Henri,” one page, 4.25 x 6.75, undated [but 1899], 16 Avenue de Neuilly [Paris]. Letter to “My dear Georges,” in full (translated): “Come and see me Tuesday or Wednesday at 5 o’clock after letting me know so that I’ll be there. I must speak to you. I absolutely count upon you.” Toning to three edges, including over signature, as well as some scattered light soiling, otherwise fine condition. In the fateful year of 1899, when Lautrec’s alcoholism and declining health had left him in a nearly unmanageable state, his mother Adele and a handful of friends were the only people who cared for him: the recipient of this letter, Georges Seré de Rivieres (Adele’s nephew), was among them. Highlighting the artist’s desperate need for his attention, this is an exceptionally rare letter from the near-end of the great artist’s life. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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