Autograph Letter Signed, one page, small octavo, n.d. In bold pencil to the painter Camille Pissarro.
“Upon receiving your letter I set off for the Grande Athenes, hoping to meet you. Since I am busy tomorrow until Wednesday, I will not be able to make a date with you. Anyhow, I’m not in any rush to pick out a painting; thank God I’m not having any trouble finding nice ones. If you want to cash it and receive some payment, just come by my office. I am there every day from 10 to 11 o’clock or from 4 to 5, and without it being any trouble at all, I will be perfectly happy to give you what we agreed upon.”
Paul Gauguin, whose first career was as a stockbroker, frequented galleries in Paris where he bought paintings by emerging artists. One of them, Pissarro, became his friend and introduced him to the other Impressionists. This led to the interesting situation where in the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition in 1879, Gauguin is represented both as a collector and a participant.
The friendship between Gauguin and Pissarro was strengthened by Paul Gauguin’s career change to full-time painter himself. The two famous friends painted side by side, made portraits of each other, and helped one another along. Pissarro, the older of the two, was a teacher in the sense that he freely shared both technical and artistic advice, and sought to help Gauguin with his bouts of depression about Impressionism.
Framed (in a decorative dark gold frame with a vintage appearance, in a brown outer mat and a cream inner mat) dimensions: 15 inches wide by 11 1/2 inches high.
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