PAUL GAUGUIN. French painter. Autograph Letter Signed, full page, octavo, n.d. In French, to Monsieur Dolent.
“…Naturally I am pleased by your choice of a sketch-maker. I am going to start reading the work in question, otherwise it would seem difficult for me to suggest an idea, knowing nothing about it. I hope I shall soon have the pleasure of seeing you, and send my respects to the elder Monsieur Dolent.”
Jean Dolent was a writer and art critic who always insisted that he was not a professional critic so as to maintain his independence, a trait he especially appreciated in Gauguin. He was a great friend of Carriere, Rodin, Gauguin, Redon, Bracquemond, Fantin-Latour and Ribot who he defended as need be. Towards the end of the century, his villa Ottoz in Belleville became an artistic salon for key figures in the symbolist movement.
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