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    Abraham Constantin. Autograph Letters Signed, 1840-1841.


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    1) ALS. "A. Constantin." Three pages, in French, with an integral address sheet with wax seal, 7.5" x 9.5", Geneva; November 25, 1840. Constantin, in this letter to the Swiss editor and journalist Eusèbe-Henri Gaullieur (1808-1859), who at the time was living in Lausanne, writes that he is flattered that Gaullieur remembers him, or so their mutual friend Mr. Fazy tells him, and claims that he fondly remembers their time together in Rome. He wishes Gaullieur would visit him in Rome but understands he is very busy with his work. He expresses appreciation for the interest Gaullieur has taken in his book, although it contains topics that they have discussed previously and he already knows. Constantin claims he wrote the book with a practical goal in mind, basically to bring back artists into the abandoned path of 15th century artistic education and methods, and hopes it will be read by "amateurs" who can either reform or corrupt artists. Therefore, he overlooked or glossed over many topics in the hopes of avoiding a pedantic and excessively long work. Constantine expresses his hope that Gaullieur would mention his book in his periodical. 2) ALS. "A. Constantin." Three pages (of a bifolium) in French, 8"x 10.5", Geneva; [September?] 15, 1841. In this letter to an unnamed journalist, Constantin warmly thanks his correspondent for including his article in his "excellent periodical." He was touched by the journalist's kindness, but was delayed in responding. Constantin enclosed a facsimile of a drawing by Raphaël and a short analytical text in which he only addresses in passing the extreme difference between the artistic education artists received in the 15th and 16th centuries, which he believes is better than contemporary methods. According to Constantin, by the time contemporary artists realize the falsehoods and mediocrity implicit in their education, two thirds of their career has elapsed.

    Abraham Constantin (1785-1851), a Swiss enamel painter, was born at Geneva. He became a pupil of the prominent French painter, François Gérard (1770-1837), after whom he executed many works in enamel and on porcelain. He was attached to the manufactory at Sèvres, and died at Geneva.

    Condition: Good to very good. Letters have usual folds; letter 1 has slight paper loss on the right hand margin of page 3 where seal was broken to open letter.



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