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    Pierre August Renoir Autograph Letter Signed to Art Critic Roger Marx. One page, 5.25" x 8.25", Paris, December 4, 1904. Critic, collector and champion of the avant-garde, Roger Marx (1859 - 1913) was an important and influential figure of the French art scene. His name is closely associated with artists such as Monet, Rodin, Gauguin, Renoir and Carrière. Interestingly, this letter encapsulates the dialogue and sense of community between painters and critics in late 19th and early 20th century France. To his friend Roger Marx ("Mon cher Marx"), Renoir expresses his profound respect for Eugène Carrière (1849-1906). In the letter, Renoir also mentions how his health is affecting him. Afflicted by arthritis starting in 1892, Renoir was increasingly impeded by the disease, both in pen and paint, throughout the remainder of his life. Regular folds, slight matte-burn at margins, very light ink ghosting and mounting remnants on verso. Included with the letter is a 5" x 8" black and white photograph of the artist in old age, wearing a beret and smoking a pipe.


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