HENRI TOULOUSE-LAUTREC - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/23/1893 - HFSID 286002
Sale Price $5,525.00
HENRI de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Signed handwritten 1893 letter in French to Gustave Geffroy, with whom he would co-author a book the following year
ALS: "T-Lautrec" in French, 1 page, 4¼x5¼. Monday. No place, no date. On verso of sheet imprinted "Service Telegraphique/Telegram",postmarked Paris, 1893 October 23.To Gustave Geffroy, Paris.In full: "Forgive me for being late to meet you, but I would like to speak with you tomorrow Tuesday at 6. I will come to see you at The Justice. I hope I have not lost the opportunity meet with you." Congenitally stunted French painter and printmakerHENRI de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901) is renowned for his posters, lithographs and book illustrations of Parisian nightlife in the "belle époque" of the 1890s. His early painting, "The Laundress", sold for $22.4 million in 2005. Gustave Geffroy (1855-1926) was an art critic who wrote for Clemenceau's "La Justice". He was the subject of artist Paul Cezanne's painting The Unfinished Portrait of Geffroy (1896) which hangs in the Louvre today. In 1894, the year after this letter, Toulouse-Lautrec illustrated a book on the singer, Yvette Guilbert, written by Geffroy. Lightly creased and folds, not touching signature. Overall, fine condition.
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