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    Émile Bernard. Autograph Letter Signed. "E. Bernard." Two pages in French, 5.75" x 9", n.p.; n.d. Addressed to fellow artist Émile Schuffenecker, this letter from Bernard mentions their mutual friend Paul Gauguin several times [English translation], "Please transmit this letter to your friend and confidant Paul Gauguin. I regret to find out that your friend's predictions about you, 'spirit of a butler.' I thought you a Christian and confided in you but I know now you are an apostate and I withdraw. Your silence, the letter from your idol, everything is clear on this point. Read once again my letter to P. Gauguin the Great and find there a truth that your flat-lined and stupid ambition prevents you from understanding. I see no point in bidding you farewell."
    [Addressed to Gauguin]: "I absolutely scorn offering any response to your insolent comments that you will no doubt regret one day. In the meantime since you claim to be a Christian you would do well to meditate on these words from your master: 'Do not judge if you do not want to be judged. Curses on the one who invites scandal. The one who tells his brother "Raca" will end in the fires of Hell.' - Jesus Christ. I would add: after the traitor below there is the infamy of the informer. I hope that does not fall upon your wife and unborn child. Since I am not your servant I will not take charge of the attached papers. Here's the address where you can send them: Monsieur Gauguin - Artist, 6 Rue Vercingétorix, Paris."
    Émile Henri Bernard (1868-1941) was a French Post-Impressionist painter, writer, and poet who had artistic friendships with Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and Eugène Boch (1855-1941) and, later, with Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). Beginning in 1893, he started traveled to Egypt, Spain and Italy and returned to Paris in 1904, where he remained for the rest of his life.
    Émile Schuffenecker (1851-1934) was a French Post-Impressionist artist, painter, art teacher, and art collector. A friend of Paul Gauguin, whom he first met in 1872, and one of the first collectors of works by Vincent van Gogh. Since the 1920s, Schuffenecker has been suspected by some as forging works by contemporaries, such as Van Gogh. The charge has not been definitively settled.
    Condition: Letter has horizontal and vertical folds, is toned, with minor edge wear; otherwise good to very good.

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