THE PIVOTAL FIGURE IN THE TRANSITION OF ARTISTIC STYLES FROM REALISM TO IMPRESSIONISM, EDOUARD MANET — WRITES FROM HIS LAST ATELIER [STUDIO]
MANET, EDOUARD. (1832-1883). French painter, and arguably the pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. Quite scarce, boldly penned Autograph Letter Signed, “Ed. Manet,” in French. One full page, octavo. “77 Rue d’ Amsterdam”, [Paris]. 28 March, no year. [by location circa – April 1879.] To Fernand Portalis. Manet writes:
“Dear Fernand, I think I wrote to you at a wrong address. Les Eprends la flame [??] I want to send you [??] But if it isn’t too much of a bother to you, it would be very kind of you to send me money for this quarter. I am in [court?] at the moment. My warmest regards, E. Manet”.
Manet moved to his last atelier [studio] at Rue Amsterdam in 1879. By this time he was racked with syphilis, yet continued to paint, mostly still-life’s, but produced his last large scale painting, and highly celebrated ‘Bar at the Folies-Bergre’ which was exhibited just 2 years later. Manet’s letters are extremely-scarce, and this boldly penned letter will make a fine addition to any French artist collection.
In the orginal French: 28 Mars — Mon cher Fernand , Je crois que je t’ai écrit à une mauvaise adresse. les Eprends la flame [??] veux t’envoyer [??] Mais si cela ne te gêne pas trop, tu serais bien aimable de m’envoyer de l’argent pour le terme je suis a court en ce moment. Mes meilleurs amitiés — E. Manet
77 rue d’Amsterdam