Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was a French artist and leading painter in the development of Impressionism. Today, he is considered among the finest Impressionists and his work continues to sell for outstanding sums at auction.
Renoir began work as a painter in a porcelain factory in 1854. In 1862, he entered the studio of Gleyre where he formed lasting friendships with Monet, Sisley and Bazille.
Renoir's art has instant appeal and the artist freely communicated the joy he took in them. He was once quoted as saying, "Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world."
This is a 4.25 x 5.5 inch handwritten note from Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The artist has signed at the bottom.
The text is addressed to Maurice Gangnat, a well known Parisian collector and a good friend of Renoir's. Gangnat sat for a Renoir portrait in 1916.
It reads (in translation): "Dear Mister Gangnat, I know you have the obligation of taking care of the apartment located 14 Blvd Malesherbes.
"Could you please wait for a second letter, which should arrive soon after the present one, before taking action."
The condition is excellent, the writing bold and the paper entirely free from blemishes.
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