French surrealist painter (1900-1955) known for his vast, abstract landscapes. ALS in French, one page both sides, 6.5 x 8.5, personal letterhead, January 23, 1948. In part (translated): "First I have to thank you for your long patience, as it is quite useless to tell you that I did not know anything about this detestable affair. Mrs. 'Tanguy' and I are divorced since August 1940 (with her consent), but that hasn't much to do with the story at hand. In any case, believe me, that I shall do anything in my power to satisfy your claims. Would it be possible, however, to wait until I come to Paris with Mr. Matisse, next June? I believe we can settle this in a way satisfactory to everybody, but to be honest, as I was caught by surprise, there are at this moment not many paintings that I can dispose of." In fine condition. Art dealer Pierre Matisse, the son Henri, was Tanguy's close friend and patron. He had married Jeannette Ducrocq in 1927, divorcing her in favor of the artist and poet Kay Sage in August 1940.
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