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Lot 616: Edgar Degas
RR Auction: Rare Manuscript, Document, and Autograph Auction
May 15, 2013
Amherst, NH, USA
Description: Important French painter and sculptor (1834-1917), one of the seminal figures of Impressionism, best known for his images of dancers. ALS in French, signed "Degas," one page, 4.25 x 5 self-contained mailing sheet, no date, but postmarked 1899. Letter to Madame Vivies reads, in full (translated): "Durand Ruel will I was told, only return next Monday. I am sorry about it, my dear Catherine because for my part, I do not see any other way." Address panel on reverse is filled out by Degas as well. In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold. Paul Durand-Ruel was a prominent French art dealer associated with the Impressionists who represented the likes of Degas, Monet, Renoir, and Manet. A fantastic association within the artistic world.