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Description: EUGENE DELACROIX
(1798 - 1863) French painter whose innovative style preceded the advent of Impressionism. His works also grace the wall of the Louvre, Versailles, and the Hotel de Ville of Paris. Fine content A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., Dec. 22, 1851, to "Comrade", very probably fellow painter Alphonse Périn (1798-1894), concerning their deceased mutual friend the painter Victor Orsel (1795-1850). Périn and Orsel collaborated on the murals for the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Lorette in Paris. After Orsel's death, Périn completed the commission and wrote a biography of his collaborator mentioned within. In part: "...My thanks for your kindness in sending me the remarkable collection of compositions and thoughts of our poor comrade Orsel. This gallant testimonial on your part complements all that you are doing for his memory. I am particularly happy that you were kind enough to include me among those who will continue to cherish his memory both as regards the nobility of his character and his talent. I couldn't find your address in the museum directory and will ask for it at the church of N[otre] D[ame] de Lorette...". Near fine.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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