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    Octave Mirbeau. Autograph Letter Signed.
    "Octave Mirbeau." One page, in French, of a bifolium, 4.25" x 7", [Paris?]; [circa 1891]. In this letter to a corresponded named [Frimond?], Mirbeau writes that he regrets that his friend informed him too late; he would have loved to prove...his affection since he has never known a more obliging man nor a director more loyal or concerned with his collaborators' dignity than he is. The reason he cannot be there is because Charles Morice (1860-1919), the French writer, essayist, and poet, and Gauguin are coming. Their visit will be about finding a way for Gauguin - who has little good fortune - to make it to Tahiti, where he wants to stay for three years to revisit certain haunting memories. If his correspondent can help in any way, they would be so grateful. Gives [Frimond] his affection and sincere regrets.

    By 1890 Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), the French post-Impressionist, decided that Tahiti would be his next artistic destination. A successful auction of paintings in Paris in February 1891, along with other events, such as a banquet and a benefit concert, provided the necessary funds. The auction had been greatly helped by a flattering review from Mirbeau. Presumably, Mirbeau is referring to these events. Charles Morice collaborated with Gauguin on the latter's 1901 book, Noa Noa, which described his time in Tahiti. Morice later wrote a biography of Gauguin.

    Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917) was a French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright, who achieved celebrity in Europe and great success among the public, while still appealing to the literary and artistic avant-garde. He was a strong advocate for such artists as Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. His work has been translated into thirty languages.

    Condition: Very good.


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