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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir Autograph Letter Signed "Renoir" in French, two pages, 4.75" x 6.5", conjoined leaves. 13 rue Girardon [Paris], no date but with original 5" x 3.5" envelope addressed by him to "Paul Berard/Château de Wargemont/by Dieppe/Seine Infre," postmarked Paris, with a clear Dieppe postmark on verso, November 12, 1891. Banker Paul Berard was a patron and close friend of Renoir who had invited him to stay at his country estate in 1879. Among the Berard family portraits were some of Renoir's most celebrated studies of children, including all four children in "Les Enfants" (1881). In July 1890, Renoir had moved into number 13 rue Girardon, at the Chateau des Brouillards in Montmartre. In this letter, Renoir writes to Berard that he has received his letter and that he should write to him at "13, rue Girardon, 18th district." He writes that "it is easier for me to be in my studio than in the daylight" and tells him that "My portrait is going very well..." In a postscript, Renoir writes about the man his street was named after: "Girardon sculptor born in Troyes 18th century, creator, I believe, of the Porte St. Denis..." Sculptor François Girardon, born at Troyes in 1630, died in Paris in 1715. The 76-foot high Porte Saint-Denis was built by François Blondel in 1672 and decorated with sculptures by Girardon who was a favorite of King Louis XIV. His sculptures commemorated the King's military victories. The arch of the Porte Saint-Denis symbolically marked an entrance into 17th-century Paris at the site of an old tollgate. It served as the inspiration for the more famous Arc de Triomphe. Fine condition.

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