2 December 2004
MONET, Claude (1840-1926). Autograph letter signed to Gustave Geffroy, Giverney, 11 January 1909, 3 pages, 4°, on a bifolium; envelope.
GOOD FOOD AND ILL HEALTH. Monet thanks the Geffroys for the gift of 'ces delicieuses pintades' [guinea-fowl]. Both Monet and his wife have been ill: he himself is better but 'ma pauvre femme va bien doucement et j'ai peur qu'elle soye longtemps à se remettre tout à fait elle a eu trois violentes attaques du foi et a horriblement soufert'. Monet's own illness consisted in attacks of giddiness, but he is better, and he at least, unlike his wife, was able to taste the guinea-fowl.
Geffroy was an influential critic close to the Impressionists: his study Claude Monet. Sa vie, son temps, son oeuvre (Paris: 1922) is informed by his years of intimate acquaintance with the painter and his circle.
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