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#536 - Paul Gauguin Estimate: $30,000+

"If I don't make it to Tonkin I will try to work outside of painting for some time"

Important French post-Impressionist painter (1848-1903) recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style. In 1891, he traveled to Tahiti, where the brilliant hues and primitive sculpture closely complemented his own art, which was marked by strong colors, few lines, and flat patterns. Supremely desirable ALS in French, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, no date. Letter to Emile Schuffenecker, thanking him for arranging for Gauguin to travel to Paris by train. In part (translated): "Thank you very much for your letter and for sending it. I just wrote Bernard about my desire to leave for Paris; thus, your offer to send me on the trip comes just at the right time and I happily accept it. Moreover, I will organize to sell something in Paris, and therefore you will be reimbursed within short time, I believe. On the 4 or the 5 I will take the train. And if I don't make it to Tonkin I will try to work outside of painting for some time because it’s necessary to hold course. Or I will rather push the minister of finance to give me something in France. But I would have to be in Paris for that." Completely silked on the reverse and in very good to fine condition, with light foxing, toning, and a few small areas of repaired paper loss to edges.

A painter, art teacher, and collector—most notably one of Van Gogh’s earliest collectors—Schuffenecker was one of Gauguin’s closest friends, and an outspoken supporter of his artistic career. He was also responsible for proposing the important 1889 exhibition at the Volpini Gallery, which became a key moment in Gauguin’s career, expanding his influence on young painters.

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