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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Autograph Letter Signed Twice.
    "A. Renoir." Two pages (of a bifolium) in French, 5" x 8", [illegible-Algeria?]; February 19, 1882. In this letter to an unnamed correspondent, Renoir writes of his recent bout with pneumonia and dealings with the Cahen family of Antwerp [English translation].

    "I have had a consultation with one last doctor who says I am out of harm's way so there goes my pneumonia. I therefore hope to see you soon, since nothing, I believe, will come up to delay me any further. As for the fifteen hundred francs for Cahen, I dare say that is a steep price though I am no penny pincher. Truly, I will let go the Jews. My best to the Bérards [presumably French banker and Renoir's patron Paul Bérard (1833-1905) and his wife]....

    PS: [illegible] will not take the Cahens to court. Please tell Bérard to place a thousand francs for me at/with Rémont. That will be a start, I intend to [illegible] myself with the rest and Durand [Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922), a French art dealer?]."

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), commonly known as Auguste Renoir, was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. Inspired by the style and subject matter of previous modern painters Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) and Edouard Manet (1831-1883), Renoir was known for his works celebrating feminine beauty and especially feminine sensuality.

    Louis Cahen of Antwerp, or Louis de Cahen, (1837-1922) was a Jewish-French banker belonging to the family Cahen of Antwerp. Cahen met Renoir in 1879-1880 and commissioned the artist in 1880 to paint portraits of his three daughters, beginning with Irene (1880). The two younger girls, Élisabeth and Alice, were the subject of a second painting, completed in 1881.

    Paul-Antoine Bérard (1833-1905) was a banker, foreign affairs attaché, and Renoir's most important patron. The two met in 1878 and became close friends.

    Condition: Folds; very fragile.

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