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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Autograph Letter Signed.
    "Renoir." Two page (of a bifolium) in French, 5.5" x 8.5", n.p.; [circa 1900]. In this letter to an unnamed correspondent, Renoir writes mostly about the upcoming Paris Exposition, or world's fair, which was held in Paris from April 14 to November 12, 1900 [English translation], "It seems the centennial exhibition is mandatory. Here I was, writing to you to leave me out of it, convinced you did not want me, and in truth it is the opposite and everyone must be there. What bothers me is that although I have not turned anything down, having received no invitation in the first place, I wear the ridicule of my pals. I have copied parts of a short article from the chronicle of art (Gazette des Beaux-Arts) an article done by Marx [Roger Marx (1859-1913), civil servant, art critic, journalist, writer, and collector?] or an associate.

    'All painters, even the least known, will be summoned...'

    A group of artists has given itself permission to disdainfully abstain. The most courteous invitation and the friendliest urgings were rejected. Yet these jaded, these skeptical comrades, are the impressionists. They intend to remain apart etc. despite the obstacles that are coming down around their pride. In a word, they will be exhibited despite their own wishes.

    I find it very amusing. I spent my time exhibiting at the salon. Old man Chocquet [Victor Chocquet (1821-1891), French art collector and an ardent supporter of Impressionism.] wanted to include a portrait in the 1889 exhibition and was blackballed despite my consent. And now I have become a prideful man. Anyway, I am sharing all this to let you know I am not enraged and had removed myself from this exhibition only because I thought that was my only option."

    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.

    Condition: Letter has usual folds; otherwise good.


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