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RODIN Auguste - Autograph Letter Signed 1908 to Max Liebermann regarding an exhibition

  • £475.00

Auguste RODIN (1840-1917)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Aug Rodin”) to the German artist Max Liebermann in Berlin, expressing his pleasure at having contributed to the success of his exhibition.

1¼ pages 8vo in French on conjugate leaves, 182 rue de l’Université, 27 April 1908.      

Trans: “I am very happy for your approval and to have been able to contribute to your Exhibition. And I am most of all touched by the friendly manner in which you tell me of the welcome which I received among you.

In a final note on the verso he adds “my very cordial sentiments of sympathy and admiration.”

Max Liebermann (1847-1935) had travelled widely, working in in the Netherlands and France as well as in his native Germany. Much influenced by the French impressionists, he became president of the Berlin Secession in 1898. Although not entirely opposed to new ideas, Liebermann’s own style and sympathies remained with the impressionists rather than the emerging German expressionist style.

It is likely that Rodin and Liebermann would have met during Liebermann’s time working in Montmartre in the 1870s, and the Belgian group Les XX had invited both Rodin and Liebermann to participate in their inaugural exhibition in 1884. By 1908 there had, quite evidently, developed a sense of mutual admiration between the two artists.

Two round tears on the second leaf, not touching the text, would indicate that the letter had once been glued into an album. A small round glue stain is visible on the main body of the letter.


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