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MONET (Clau de). Autograph letter...

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MONET (Clau de). Autograph letter signed to his "dear friend". Giverny, August 14, 1916. 4 pp. in-8: "To say that I did not reply, even if only by a few lines, to your kind letter of July 3, I am really ashamed of it and I do not know what to say to apologize for it, but I still hope that you will not hold a grudge against me. YOU SAY THAT I ALWAYS WORK CLOSE, YOU SHOULD FIND IT, it is a madness in me to seek always further, perhaps also a lot of pride to want the impossible. In any case, I WORK WITH PASSION, in spite of the anxieties and worries of this war, I was very worried about my son Michel who has just spent three terrible weeks in Verdun, doing a very painful and dangerous service there. He is finally at rest for the moment and hopes to come on leave soon. WE've just had the SACHA [GUITRY] VISIT, A SHORT VISIT, BUT THAT MAKED ME PLEASURE, while forcing me to rest a bit. Today, the weather is so bad that I'm taking the opportunity to put my correspondence in order. I hope you are all well and send you all my best regards. Blanche [Hoschedé, the artist's daughter-in-law and student]... sends me her regards... and I hope you won't return to Paris without coming here.... »2

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