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THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Édouard Manet
LETTRE
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 269,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Édouard Manet
LETTRE
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 269,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Édouard Manet
1832-1883
LETTRE
Signed E. Manet (lower right)
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
6 1/4 by 4 5/8 in.
15.8 by 11.7 cm
Executed in 1880.
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Provenance

Dr. O. Wertheimer, Paris
Acquired from the above in 1954

Exhibited

Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art & Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Édouard Manet, 1832-1883, 1966-67, no. 187, illustrated in the catalogue
Martigny, Switzerland, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Manet, 1996, no. 77, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Paris, Musée d'Orsay & Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, Manet: The Still-Life Paintings, 2000-01, no. 55, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Literature

Alain de Leiris, The Drawings of Édouard Manet, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1969, no. 535, illustrated fig. 397
Denis Rouart & Daniel Wildenstein, Édouard Manet, Catalogue raisonné, vol. II, Lausanne & Paris, 1975, no. 593, illustrated p. 211
Anne Coffin Hanson, Manet and the Modern Tradition, New Haven & London, 1977, illustrated p. 73
Françoise Cachin, Manet, lettres à Isabelle, Méry et autres dames, Geneva, 1985, illustrated pp. 94-95

Catalogue Note

This brief missive to an unknown female acquaintance is rare in that it features a charming watercolor of a snail on a leaf, rather than the more typical fruits and flowers. The attention to detail evident in the delicate modeling of the snail shell and the gradations of color in the leaf demonstrates the care and joy Manet had in his interactions with his correspondents, even in this quick note to remind his friend about her shopping.

The present letter translates as follows:

Bellevue

Dear Madame,

Do not forget the little ream of English paper.

In friendship,
E. Manet

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