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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12300
Date: [13/20 March 1887][1]
Author: Claude Monet[2]
Place: Giverney
Recipient: Théodore Duret[3]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Walters Art Gallery, Library, Baltimore, MD
Document Type: ALS


Giverney par Vernon
eure.

Mon cher Duret

l'annonce que j'ai faite de l'acceptation de Whistler[4] a produit le meilleur effet.

tout le monde en est enchanté

je viens de lui adresser un mot et personellement j'en suis doublement ravi.

de differents cotés, on m'a parlé de son portrait de femme en rouge[5]. Rodin[6] [p. 2] me dit que c'est superbe, et une feerie je lui en parle pour qu'il fasse son possible pour nous l'envoyer et aussi la petite fille blanche [7]dont vous m'avez parlé, il ferait bien car là il sera [autrement?] bien vu qu'au Salon[8]

si vous lui ecrivez engagez le à cela

amitiés

Claude Monet

J'ai ecrit à Mirbeau[9] pour qu'il soit des [p. 3] notres au prochain diner,

le 31 Ct.

C. M.


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Translation:

Giverney par Vernon
Eure.

My dear Duret

The announcement that I made of Whistler's acceptance has produced the best of effects.

everyone is delighted

I have just sent him a word and personally I am doubly delighted.

on a different subject, I have been told of his portrait of a woman in red. Rodin tells me that it is superb, a magical piece, I am writing to him to ask him to do his best to send it to us and also the little white girl which you mentioned to me, it would be good for him as he would be more [highly] regarded there than at the Salon

if you are writing to him get him to agree to this

your friend

Claude Monet

I have written to Mirbeau so that he will be one of [p. 3] us at the next dinner,

the 31 of this month.

C. M.


Notes:

1.  [13/20 March 1887]
Dated from other Monet correspondence, March 1887 (see below).

2.  Claude Monet
Claude Monet (1840-1926), artist [more].

3.  Théodore Duret
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more].

4.  l'acceptation de Whistler
Monet wrote to Georges Petit (1856-1920), Paris art dealer [more], on 7 March 1887 saying that he could count on Rodin, JW, Renoir and himself taking Petit's gallery for an exhibition, from 5 or 10 May to 5 or 10 June. On 12 March he wrote to Duret saying he was delighted to know from a letter from Duret that JW would exhibit with them. Monet then wrote to Petit on 13 March confirming that JW had agreed to be in the Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887. JW sent fifty small oils, watercolours and pastels, by far the largest group of his works to be exhibited there during his life time. For the Monet letters of 7, 12 and 13 March see Wildenstein, Daniel, Claude Monet: biographie et catalogue raisonné, Lausanne, 1974-91, 5 vols., vol. 3, p. 222, nos. 776, 778-79.

5.  portrait de femme en rouge
A portrait of Beatrix Godwin, Harmony in Red: Lamplight (YMSM 253) was exhibited in Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887, but not sent to Paris. Instead a portrait of Maud Franklin, Harmony in Black, No. 10 (YMSM 357), was exhibited at Petit's.

6.  Rodin
René François Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), sculptor [more].

7.  petite fille blanche
JW did not manage to borrow Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) for the exhibition. It was not seen in Paris until 1905.

8.  Salon
JW had exhibited Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315) at 104th exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1886, but did not exhibit there in 1887.

9.  Mirbeau
Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more].