französischer Bildhauer (1840-1917). Autograph letter signed („Votre vieil sculpteur Rodin“). L’Islette Azay le Rideau. 8vo. 1 Seite.
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Letter offering condolences to journalist Edmond Bazire, whose father had just died. In part (translated): “From distance I can not attend the mortuary service of your father … I also sent you my dear friend, and Mrs. Bazire express my deep and respectful friendship.” - Uniform toning, otherwise fine condition. In 1883, Bazire had advised Rodin to make a portrait of a famous man to help establish his own reputation, and introduced him to Victor Hugo. Although Hugo refused to pose at sittings, he allowed Rodin to visit and make preliminary sketches. Rodin was able to complete the bust in 1883, two years before Hugo’s death. A desirable association piece.