Lot #427
Henri Rousseau Autograph Letter Signed

Rousseau celebrates the 25th anniversary of his Groupe des Indépendants exhibition
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Estimate: $5000+


Rousseau celebrates the 25th anniversary of his Groupe des Indépendants exhibition

Important French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner (1844-1910) known for his lush jungle paintings and stylized portraits. Recognized as a self-taught genius, his work exerted an extensive influence on several generations of avant-garde artists. Extremely rare ALS in French, signed “H. Rousseau,” one page, 5.25 x 8.25, June 2, 1910. Writing from Paris ninety days before his death, Rousseau invites his correspondent to a party celebrating his work. In part: "Tomorrow night, I'll give a small party for my anniversary and for the quarter century that I have shown my work with the Indépendants. I hope that your health as well as that of your better half is good, and that both of you will be willing to honor this family party with your presence. In this hope, I send you my very cordial handshake." He pens his address as "2 bis rue Perrel," and adds a brief postscript: "My workload goes over my head, but I have also invited our friend Bouillon tomorrow night, Friday at 9." In fine condition, with scattered small stains. This is the first Rousseau letter that we have handled.

His artwork rejected by the official Salon, Rousseau had exhibited for the first time with the Groupe des Indépendants in 1885, showing his canvases 'Italian Dance' and 'Sunset.' He would continue to exhibit with the Société des Artistes Indépendants for the rest of his career. He enjoyed throwing parties, and the silver jubilee of his first Indépendants exhibition event proved to be a fine excuse for one; his circle of friends included Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Guillaume Apollinaire, and others of the artistic persuasion, and they regularly reveled together.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021

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