French Impressionist painter.
Autograph Letter Signed, C. Pissarro, two pages, octavo, 28 Place Dauphin, Paris, April 12, 1902. In French, to “My dear Contet.”
“Would you have the kindness to have an easel with a baseboard made for me like those you already furnished me with, but about which it should be noted that the said base board was absurdly narrow, it would need to be made at least 5 or 6 centimeters deep. So that the frames can lie there with ease, you will send them to me at Moret’s. I would also need a mobile frame of 15 to 25 which you could pack in the boxes for me. I also need 12 white / 6 yellow / 2 vermillon / 2 lacquer / 4 ultra-marine / 6 V*ronÀse. You could also pack them in the case of 15.”
Contet, the recipient of this letter, was the man from who Camille Pissarro was buying his art supplies. Pissarro began purchasing from him in 1887, shortly after Contet moved into a shop on the rue Lafayette in Paris.
In a post-script, Camille Pissarro adds “I am taken by influenza once again, better right away. I’ll write you to come fetch the boxes.”
Written when the artist was 71. Camille Pissarro’s later years were some of his most prolific. He was spurred on by the high prices his paintings were fetching at auction and the admiration of a new generation of artists. Despite acute vision problems, he continued to work in his studio until his death.
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