Autograph Letter Signed, Paul Cezanne, November 30, 1896, two pages, octavo. In French. To Emile Solari.
“I am so very sorry I was not at Rue des Dames when you came by. There’s only one way to make up for that, and that is to give me a rendezvous for tomorrow, for example. A fixed place, a precise time, which I leave up to you. I am free from four in the afternoon on. So please send me a note and believe I am yours cordially.”
During the 1890s, Paul Cezanne was spending most of his time in Aix, though making frequent journeys to Paris where his wife and son continued to live. The Provencal landscape captivated him like no other. In 1895, he visited the Bibémus Quarries and climbed Mt. Ste. Victoire, seminal events. Two years later he rented a small house there where he could paint in seclusion. The labyrinthine landscape of the quarries – their shapes which he painted extensively – is believed to have inspired the embryonic Cubist style.
Paul Cezanne’s art dealer, Ambrose Vollard, visited him in Aix to arrange for the first solo exhibition dedicated to his work at his gallery in Paris (1895). The following summer (1896), Cezanne stayed at the health resort at Talloires on Lake Annecy. Here he painted Lake Annecy, one of his more impressive landscapes outside Provence.
From the 1890s on, Paul Cezanne’s health, his mental stability and his relationships with others were affected by the onset of diabetes. Long periods alone, lost in his painting, were what he required for the rest of his life.
Emile Solari was the son of Cezanne’s childhood friend, Philippe Solari. The rue des Dames in the Batignolles area of Paris used to lead to L’Abbaye des dames. In Cezanne’s day, it was filled with cafés and restaurants frequented by artists.
Autograph material by Cezanne is extremely rare. Framed (with a color image) dimensions: 16 3/8 inches wide by 15 inches high.
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