Claude Monet Autograph

SKU: 8005428

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Sale price$7,528.63

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Autograph letter signed, six pages on two sheets (one double page, both sides), 4,5 x 7 inch, Sandviken, 5.03.1895*, in French, beautiful and long letter to his wife Alice Raingo Hoschedé Monet (1844-1911) - concerning the importance of his wife to him, and his work in Norway, written and signed in dark ink "Claude Monet", with mild signs of wear - in fine to very fine condition.

In parts:
"Ma bonne femme chérie

[...] suis désespéré de te voir si découragée […] je ne te cache pas que lorsque un jour passe sans lettre de toi je suis sans courage, car j’ai plus que jamais besoin d’appui, d’encouragement. Je travaille, mais que de perte de temps. Bon dieu, chaque jour c’est un incident un contre-temps imprévu. Comme chaque jour je vois de plus belles choses, il a refait très froid après ces dernières chutes de neige, mais aujourd’hui c’est comme un dégel. Le soleil devient d’une ardeur extraordinaire et les jours grandissent d’une manière inconnue chez nous […] en juin il n’y aura pour ainsi dire plus de nuit. Je ne sais vraiment pas si j’arriverai à faire une seule toile possible. J’en commence toujours sans jamais retrouver une seconde séance et cependant je sais bien que je vois et comprends mieux comment rendre cette nature. Mais il faudrait des mois pour cela, et je redoute que d’un jour à l’autre le dégel soit complet. Ce qu’il y a de bête et de regretable c’est de m’être mis dans la tête de rapporter quelque chose, on ne vient pas ainsi dans un pays si différent se mettre à le peindre de but en blanc. Cela m’a empêché de voir un peu la Norvège d’où je reviendrai n’ayant vu que les environs de
Christiania. […] je me ronge absolument, pardonne-moi, mais tu me connais je ne puis dissimuler et à qui confier mes pensées mes impressions si ce n’est à toi, […] j’ai besoin de ton soutien pour me remonter. […] peut-être demain serais-je plus satisfait plus heureux, hier je voyais tout d’un bon œil, et selon le temps qu’il fera au réveil et surtout si je puis continuer une toile commencée [...] Je t’aime ma chérie et pense sans cesse à toi à vous tous ne m’en veux donc pas d’être malheureux tu sais mon énergie mon courage, lorsque je suis au moins favorisé par le temps [...]"

Translated:
"My dear good wife

[...] I am desperate to see you so discouraged [...] I do not hide from you that when a day passes without a letter from you I am without courage, because I need support, encouragement more than ever. I work, but what a waste of time. Good god, every day is an incident, an unforeseen setback. Like every day I see more beautiful things, it was very cold again after these last snowfalls, but today it's like a thaw. The sun is getting extraordinarily hot and the days are getting longer in a way unknown to us […] in June there will be, so to speak, no more night. I really don't know if I'll be able to make a single canvas possible. I always start without ever finding a second session and yet I know that I see and understand better how to render this nature. But it would take months for that, and I fear that any day the thaw will be complete. What is silly and regrettable is that I got it into my head to bring something back, you don't come to such a different country and start painting it point blank. This prevented me from seeing a bit of Norway from where I will return having only seen the surroundings of
Christiania. […] I absolutely gnaw at myself, forgive me, but you know me I cannot hide and to whom should I entrust my thoughts my impressions if not to you, […] I need your support to cheer me up. [...] maybe tomorrow I will be more satisfied and happier, yesterday I saw everything with a good eye, and depending on the weather when I wake up and especially if I can continue a canvas I started [...] I love you my darling and think of you all the time so don't blame me for being unhappy you know my energy my courage, when I am at least favored by time [...]"

 * This extraordinary letter gives, among other things, an insight into the importance of atmospheric impressions for Monet's work - in this year, 1895, Monet also exhibited 20 paintings of Rouen Cathedral, showing the facade in different light and weather conditions. These paintings provided widespread critical and financial success.

Further Information on the person

Profession:
(1840-1926) a founder of French impressionist painting.

Year of Birth: 1840

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