Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886) - Composer and pianist. Signed autograph letter addressed to the painter Henri Lehmann.
News from Weimar, which is preparing to pay tribute to Goethe and Schiller. Hugo (not Victor), whom I esteem as an honorable and excellent young man, told me that he had written to you by today's mail. I asked him to send me his letter so that I could add a few words of good memories and friendship. I hope that these lines find you in perfect working condition, which is essential for an artist of your caliber; the rest can come a little earlier or a little later as the occasion arises.
Since much is expected from you, I am convinced that you will surpass even these expectations and that your new work will mark a brilliant milestone in the midst of your fame. The newspapers will soon inform us of your work.
But it would be very pleasant for me to be occasionally informed by you of your plans and to see your initial reports continue through the years. As for news from Weimar, I have little or nothing to tell you. You have probably heard that this small town is set to enrich itself (within two years) with a grand monument consisting of the statues of Goethe and Schiller. The execution has been definitively entrusted to Mr. Ritschel from Dresden, who has promised to send a sketch by the end of October.
The court here has undertaken to pay the amount requested for the model (approximately 6000 thalers), and His Majesty King Louis of Bavaria has taken it upon himself to have statues melted in Munich, so that only a few thousand thalers are needed for the pedestal and the additional expenses of the inauguration, which can easily be obtained through subscriptions. Gasser from Vienna is currently busy modeling a statue of Wieland, which he has also promised to complete in two years and which, judging by the work he has already done, promises to be a beautiful work of art. As you can see, the court of Weimar is fulfilling its duty to uphold its fine tradition, and perhaps after so nobly perpetuating the memory of the great poetic period of Germany with these four monuments to Herder, Goethe, Schiller, and Wieland, it will be given the opportunity to do even more. Stahr is currently in Rudolstadt, where Fanny L.He will divorce his first wife to marry her in 1855. It should be noted that it was in Rudolstadt that the first meeting between Goethe and Schiller took place. I believe he will return to his new home in Jena in mid-October, where he has established his wife and daughters. If you have not yet read his last two volumes, I encourage you to do so while you wait for the pleasure of your visit here, where you can be sure of the warmest welcome. In 1852, he was commissioned by the prefect of the Seine to decorate the gallery of festivities at the City Hall, which will be inaugurated by Napoleon III and earned the painter the Cross of Officer of the Legion of Honor. Henri Lehmann was very close to the couple Franz Liszt-Marie d'Agoult, who were introduced to him by Ingres during a visit to the Villa Medici. He became an intimate friend, their confidant, and the protector of the young Daniel Liszt, who was only 3 years old. He was the couple's third child, who already had two daughters, Cosima and Blandine. At the time of their breakup, he took on the delicate role of mediator, notably defending Marie d'Agoult against slander. Sainte-Beuve even claimed that the painter was secretly in love with her. Some slight discoloration of the paper, see photos.