Claude Monet Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, two-sided, written in French in purple ink on black-bordered mourning stationery, "Giverny par Vernon, Eure.," September 21, 1912. One of the founders of French impressionist painting, Monet was the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions of nature, as opposed to strict replication of natural scenes. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise.

    Shortly after the death of his second wife Alice, the great artist penned this letter to his stepson Jean-Pierre Hoschede, regarding the sale of Alice's estate. It reads, in part: "send me, as soon as you get it, the letter notifying you about the sale to take place on the 20th. . . . M. Michel [Monet's other son] . . . wrote that the auctioneer would be happy to reschedule for the 27th, but that Jacques' attorney refused to do so, citing as a reason that the summons had already been sent to the heirs and that we were in fact abusing the situation." Less than two years later, Monet's son Jean-Pierre would also pass away. Letter is very boldly penned with a large and vibrant signature. Lightly age toned; generally fine.

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