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CLAUDE MONET A.L.S. (Autographed Letter Signed) with Autograph Envelope.
"Claude Monet" , 6 pages in-Octavo on mourning paper in violet ink;
to his stepson Jean-Pierre Hoschédé.
From Giverny, dated September 29, 1911.
GIVERNY PAR VERNON . EURE
September 29, 1911
My good J. Pierre, I did receive yesterday the good letter from Geneviève whom I thank
to think about me, but as writing on a regular basis is not my strong point its to you
that I want to write today to give you some news from Giverny and myself.
I have just spent some busy days
with quite a few servant problems, a couple has settled yesterday, they look all right
and I hope that it will work out. Anyway, this has kept me quite busy and (---) that
this has kept me for thinking too much about my pain. Blanche has been here for two
days to help instruct the people. She is always so nice for me. She is staying until
Sunday, because the Butler will all go to Paris
for the Fall Exposition. I also had Clémenceau et his Minister friend who came for lunch.
It happened just the day when Jeanne had left and there was only the gardening lady
to cook. It all went well all day long. Clémenceau was very jolly and as always
affectionate. he had been hunting in Sologne and killed a quantity of partridges
and 8 ducks in an afternoon. I must go have lunch at his home
next week. Geoffroy will be there as well as Anquetin the painter and his (father)
the ex butcher. He has invited all those ladies and gentlemen that will want to come
with me. Only if (---) here with Geneviève. Aside from this nothing special here.
Michel has left for lunch at his friend`s (Sainte ruek). Its her calendar day today
and my poor Good one is not here, she used to spoil him so much and alas it will be
hers the 2. What a heartbreak for all of us, how painful it is for me my dear J.P.
We are cleaning the (hills) from this river for the summer. it will finally be possible
to flourish her dear grave. But what a sad day for all of us that this one is.
Alas we have to get used to it.
My very dear J.P. I would not want to sadden you too much. But you know how much
I loved her and how unhappy I am. Forgive me. I hope that you will continue to kill
a lot, even though you don`t seem to have as much game as usual. I leave you while
kissing you as I love you as well as my good big Geneviève.
My affectionate compliments to Mrs. Castaine and to Marcel who is all well I think.
Your old man.
Monsieur J.P. Hoschédé
Monet, Claude Oscar (1840-1926), French impressionist painter, who brought the study of the transient
effects of natural light to its most refined expression (see IMPRESSIONISM).
Monet was born on November 14, 1840, in Paris, but he spent most of his childhood in Le Havre. There, in
his teens, he studied drawing; he also painted seascapes outside with the French painter Eugene Louis
Boudin. By 1859 Monet had committed himself to a career as an artist and began to spend as much time in
Paris as possible. During the 1860s he was associated with the pre-impressionist painter Edouard Manet,
and with other aspiring French painters destined to form the impressionist school—Camille Pissarro, Pierre
Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley.
Working outside, Monet painted simple landscapes and scenes of contemporary middle-class society, and
he began to have some success at official exhibitions. As his style developed, however, Monet violated one
traditional artistic convention after another in the interest of direct artistic expression. His experiments in
rendering outdoor sunlight with a direct, sketchlike application of bright color became more and more
daring, and he seemed to cut himself off from the possibility of a successful career as a conventional
painter supported by the art establishment.
In 1874 Monet and his colleagues decided to appeal directly to the public by organizing their own
exhibition. They called themselves independents, but the press soon derisively labeled them impressionists
because their work seemed sketchy and unfinish