Renoir Writes to the Real Life Subject of one of his most Famous Paintings
Item Number: 13577
Auguste Renoir. 1 page Autograph Letter Signed. Renoir writes to his friend, the banker Charles Ephrussi, a Russian-French critic, art historian, art collector, and an early supporter of Impressionism. The letter is undated, but most likely from the period when Renoir was actively selling to Ephrussi, around the early or mid 1880s. He has been identified as the man in a top hat standing with his back to us in Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881). Versailles, where Renoir writes this letter, would later also become the subject of his paintings.
Renoir writes in his hand:
"My dear friend, Impossible for me to have lunch. I'm at Versailles, but as I know that you do not go until tonight, I would like to shake your hand before your departure. I will come between 5 and 6:30. Friendship and an have excellent trip. A. Renoir". In exellent condition.