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    Paul Gauguin. Autograph Letter Signed.
    "P. Gauguin." Three pages (of a bifolium) in French, 4.5" x 7", Le Pouldu; [1889]. In this letter to his artist friend Émile Henri Bernard, Gauguin writes from a seaside town in Brittany [English translation], "I am glad you saw Charlopin [Dr. Charles Charlopin, a French collector and inventor] and in fact you must see him again. This business must follow him until the moment we ["accomplish our ends" or "get the money"].

    God willing it will be next month since I am growing very tired of this wait. Always hoping in vain. If Charlopin even wanted to buy you a little bit of it that would at least be something for Société Bo et Cie [?] but we must wait for one business affair to end before we start another. Now something else. You must gather more specific information. There is passage leaving for the new [word missing] every 6 months but it takes 3 to 4 months. I think the emigration society organizes the trip through freight companies. In any case for my plans I need to know the departure times, ticket costs, and length of trip. De Haan [Meijer Isaac de Haan (1852-1895) was a Dutch painter and close friend of Gauguin's] who is Dutch must go through freight companies. When you are in Paris do as I do and get all this information and write to me as soon as possible so I know how long to stay in Brittany.

    I do not know who could have told you I am strolling on the beach with my disciples - there is de Haan who works on his own, Filligen [Charles Filiger (1863-1928), French artist] who works at the house. I walk around like a wild man with long hair and do nothing. I have not even a palette or colors with me. I have made some arrows and I practice on the sand at throwing them like at Buffalo Bill. And so, here is the alleged Jesus Christ.

    The very same day you have certain news about Charlopin, write me immediately just two words....What is becoming of Van Gogh, I have no news."

    Gauguin's relationship with Van Gogh was tumultuous. In 1888, at Theo Van Gogh's instigation, Gauguin and his brother Vincent spent nine weeks painting together at Vincent's Yellow House in Arles. Their relationship deteriorated and eventually Gauguin decided to leave. On the evening of December 23, 1888 according to a much later account of Gauguin's, Van Gogh confronted Gauguin with a razor blade. Later the same evening, Van Gogh cut off his own left ear. Van Gogh was hospitalized the following day and Gauguin left Arles. They never saw each other again, but they continued to correspond and in 1890 Gauguin went so far as to propose they form an artist studio in Antwerp. Van Gogh died in July of that year.

    Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was one of the most significant French Post-Impressionist painters. Breaking away from the Impressionist style, he pioneered a new form of painting referred to Symbolism. In the early 1890s, he began traveling regularly to the South Pacific, where his art was strongly influenced by the native arts of Africa, Asia, and French Polynesia.

    Émile Henri Bernard (1868-1941) was a French Post-Impressionist painter and writer, who had artistic friendships with Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and, later, Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). Bernard's literary work, comprising plays, poetry, and art criticism as well as art historical statements that contain first-hand information on the crucial period of modern art to which Bernard had contributed.

    An interesting letter by Gauguin, indicating his attempts to sell his art work and curiosity of the well-being of Van Gogh.

    Condition: The letter has the usual folds, otherwise good.


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