Remarkable ALS in French, signed “C. Pissarro,” one page, 4.5 x 7, May 4, 1898. Letter to fellow painter Claude Monet. In full (translated): “I learned from Durand that you’re planning on having an exhibition this month at George Petit’s gallery; it would be very nice of you to let me know the opening date, since I’ll have to leave here at a moment’s notice. I would be very sorry to miss this opportunity to go and see your works. My exhibition will take place around the middle of June at Durand’s gallery. I hope, my dear friend, that you have good reason to be satisfied with your work and that you will show us works worthy of your Cathedrals. Friendly regards to Madame Monet.” He adds a brief postscript at the conclusion: “And how are Jean and his wife? Give me his address in Rouen.” In fine condition, with a repaired tear to the lower left corner tip.
Pissarro’s letter refers to Monet’s upcoming exhibition at the Georges Petit Gallery in Paris in June 1898, where he showed eighteen paintings form a series entitled ‘Mornings on the Seine.’ Each canvas focused on the same spot on the Seine near Monet’s Giverny home, where he anchored his studio-boat before dawn in order to capture the pale light and indefinable colors of the mist-covered river at daybreak. The paintings were very well received and remain so to this day, with a Seine-themed Monet retrospective arranged as recently as last year. Interestingly, the other work Pissarro refers to—“your Cathedrals”—was a series in which Monet used the same technique, painting the Rouen Cathedral from a single perspective but under different lighting conditions. An absolutely wonderful letter between two of the most important Impressionists. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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