Lot 4
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Édouard Manet

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  • Édouard Manet
  • Lettre à Zacharie Astruc
  • inscribed Bellevue; signed and inscribed 41 route de gardes on the reverse
  • watercolor and ink on paper
  • 8 by 4 7/8 in.
  • 20.4 by 12.5 cm.
  • Executed in 1880.


Zacharie Astruc (acquired directly from the artist)
David-Weill, Paris
Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 9-10, 1971, Lot 266
Private Collection, Paris
Pierre Berès, Paris
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (acquired from the above in July 1982)


Denis Rouart & Daniel Wildenstein, Édouard Manet, vol II, Lausanne and Paris, 1975,  cat. no. 601, p. 215, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Manet's double-sided letter was written from the villa at the route de Gardes that he rented in Bellevue in 1880. The receipient of Manet's illustrated letter was Zacharie Astruc (1833-1907), a cultural figure who played key role in Manet's professional success.  While working as an art critic in the 1860s, Astruc was one of the first to recognize Manet's talents, and his poem in the catalogue for the 1865 Paris salon is generally credited with bestowing the title "Olympia" on the artist's famous painting.  Astruc was also an artist, and his work was featured in the inaugural exhibition of the Impressionist painters in 1874.  

An English translation of the letter is as follows:


Monsieur Zacharie,

Send me your news. Has your health returned?
I would love to speak with you soon.
I am doing much better and I hope my stay here will have done me a world of good. I’m living under a shell, let me know what is going on.

My best to Mme Astruc, and to you,

E. Manet

41 route des Gardes