Henri matisse (1869 - 1954), French painter. Signed autograph letter to the journalist, art critic and curator raymond escholier. Saint-Gaudens, July 12, 1940; 2 pages in-4°, accompanied by its envelope.
Beautiful letter from the painter during the war, then refugee to Mirepoix following the Italian invasion by the Pyreneans, trying to find a solution to put in safety his paintings left to bets: "Knowing that you were in the Ariège, you wrote to me, I tried to reach you; not remembering your address, I was at tatons. I don't know where I got it.
Is it by stgirons, where I sent you a letter through the police commissioner, or is it by pamiers where I sent you a telegram at all events. As mirepoix is closer to palm trees than stgirons, I think it was that telegram that touched you. I escaped from st-jean de luz, where I thought I was quiet.I had taken a lot of business there for an important stay and I had been sent there nicely to the declaration of the Italian war a Greek torso of good quality. To the occupation of the B. Pyrénées I ran sharply with what I had.
I'm in St-Gaudens blocked, waiting for the railway communications to resume and return to nice. I would like not to bring back the Greek torso and leave it there, waiting for true peace, in surety somewhere around here, where we are far from the Italians. Don't you have the paintings of the little palace?
Can't you join my box that is 1 m x 50 c x 50 c. The idea came to me because the director of the fine arts made me propose in September to put me in safety, with the openings of the wash, two boxes of my paintings. As I had already taken my precautions, I thanked him.That's where my audacity comes from. If, however, this idea seemed impossible to you, would you not be able to tell me where I could deposit this box over here?
On receipt of your telegram I jumped on the map and I saw that mirepoix is about 100 km from here.) For lack of gas, I'm writing to you instead of going to see you.
I hope that you are relatively quiet, that the catastrophe that binds us all, has not touched you personally, that your son is in good health as well as Mrs. You will please me very much by writing to me (.) " At the beginning of the war, in 1939, matisse separated from his wife and went back to nice..
in 1940, he met the bonnard stone with the cane. The painter went to find his merchant, paul rosenberg, in flierac in the Bordeaux region, with lydia delectorskaya, who was then his assistant and model. But in 1941, with colon cancer, he was hospitalized with lyon. His doctors give him only six months to live.This item is in the category "books, bd, magazines\old books, collection". The seller is "cyril2472" and is located in this country: en. This item can be shipped to the following country: whole world.