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Raoul DUFY - Autograph letter signed about the painting

RAOUL DUFY Autograph letter signed on the painting, to a friend. Céret June 13, 1940; 2 pages in-4 °.

Beautiful letter from Dufy during the dark hours of war:

He is happy to have received his letter which was "a beneficent ray in this so sad moment (...)". He had no idea when he left her "on the Mediterranean (...) that things would take this turn so quickly, although your secret anxiety was great". The painter gives her the latest news since their separation: "I left Grasse for Nice, my wife's health being better, but I did not allow my immediate return to Normandy. Then I left Nice with the intention of going back to Paris, but the congestion prevented me from keeping with me material luggage and documents and new works and I did not want to risk losing things on the road that are precious to my job. So I came here to wait for what happened next. I found Artigas and got to work, but for three or four days my courage has been chipped. Your testimony of friendship strengthens me. I'll send you some watercolors. »He has news from Bignon, Michel has gone from the action to the rear, Bernard has returned to Switzerland, he thinks that Thérèse is back in New York, is the senator in Algeria? For his part: "I am installed in a small house in the middle of a vegetable garden. I will not change house without taking what I have brought there and which is difficult for transport and then the search for safety seems quite chimerical to me (…) "I have not yet got used to this Roussillon where I am although its light is attractive for a painter, whether it is the Mecca of Cubism, whether the walks are shaded by beautiful plane trees, and adorned with statues of Maillol and Manolo and the landscape is very beautiful (...) "
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