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THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Édouard Manet
LETTRE À MARTHE HOSCHEDÉ (LA CHÂTAIGNE)
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THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Édouard Manet
LETTRE À MARTHE HOSCHEDÉ (LA CHÂTAIGNE)
Estimation
60 00080 000
Lot. Vendu 269,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Édouard Manet
1832-1883
LETTRE À MARTHE HOSCHEDÉ (LA CHÂTAIGNE)
Signed Ed. Manet (on the verso); dated 10 Sbre 1880 (toward upper right)
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
8 by 4 7/8 in.
20.3 by 12.4 cm
Executed on September 10, 1880.
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Provenance

Marthe Hoschedé, Giverny
James P. Butler, New York (by descent from the above and sold: Park-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, March 10, 1971, lot 1)
Acquired at the above sale

Exposition

Paris, Orangerie des Tuileries, Manet, 1932, no. 116
Martigny, Switzerland, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Manet, 1996, no. 79, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Paris, Musée d'Orsay & Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, Manet: The Still-Life Paintings, 2000-01, no. 54, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Bibliographie

Adolphe Tabarant, Manet et ses oeuvres, Paris, 1947, p. 394
Alain de Leiris, The Drawings of Édouard Manet, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1969, no. 546
Denis Rouart & Daniel Wildenstein, Édouard Manet, Catalogue raisonné, vol. II, Lausanne & Paris, 1975, no. 594, illustrated p. 211
Françoise Cachin, Manet, lettres à Isabelle, Méry et autres dames, Geneva, 1985, illustrated pp. 90-91
Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Manet by Himself, no. 199, illustrated p. 258

Description

Marthe Hoschedé, best known as stepdaughter of Claude Monet and second wife to American Impressionist painter Theodore Butler, was once Manet’s subject. The artist painted a portrait of her with her father, Ernest Hoschedé, a wealthy department store owner and patron of the arts, circa 1877 (see fig.1). The years that followed were quite tumultuous for young Marthe. Her father became bankrupt and moved to Belgium, where he would die in 1891; she was left in the care of her mother, Alice Hoschedé, who simultaneously cared for Monet’s two sons following the death of their mother in 1879. Alice Hoschedé and Monet were wed in 1892.

With these circumstances in mind, and in light of its endearing tone, this letter to sixteen-year-old Marthe offers insight into Manet’s generous character:

Bellevue
September 10, 1880

Dear Little Miss Marthe,

As for me, it is the handwritten letters of the people I like best that I collect, so you can well imagine that I have the proper place for your letter. Upon my return to Paris I will send you what you request. I only have two letters here that are worth keeping in my album. I will send them to you without their envelopes.

We will remain at Bellevue until the end of October. The stay has done me so much good that I am sorry to return to town. Please remember me to your mother, I had the misfortune of missing her by a quarter of an hour last week at L’Art du Mode, which I attended to hear the news of the kind editor.

With affectionate memories from us all to you all and the assurance of my devotion dear Miss Marthe,

Ed. Manet

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