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Ernest de CHAMAILLARD, painter of the School of...

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Ernest de CHAMAILLARD, painter of the School of Pont-Aven (1862-1931) Not being able to live from his art, he acted as a lawyer, in particular for Gauguin, in a case which opposed him to Marie Henry, innkeeper of Le Pouldu, who did not want to return his paintings. Set of 3 letters, two of which are autographed to Roderic O'Conor. An unsigned letter seems incomplete. 7 pp. in-8. Weaknesses at the folds and imperfections. [He informs him that he wrote to Frantz Jourdain to ask him for serious information about the tendencies of the Salon d'Automne, of which he is president, a salon that had been recently created in October 1903. He wrote him a copy of a few extracts, specifying in particular that if Jourdain had accepted the chore of setting up the Autumn Salon, it was to put art in the limelight, the art that he preferred. The general spirit of our show is neither retrograde nor academic. Remind Mr. O'Conor that I am neither Bouguereau nor Carolus Duran, and that the violent and precise way in which I have always expressed myself leaves me no doubt about my artistic tendencies. He encourages O'Conor to show his paintings, and comes to talk about Seguin. The dreadful Seguin talking to you about me, I don't want to tell you about him so as not to be a bad mouth. I could indeed only tell you about him, because this awful skeptic is having fun at the moment to produce some horrible chromos for the bourgeois of Châteaulin who pay them because of the imbecility of his products. This is absolutely false, you understand that if it were so, I would be covered with gold. This is absolutely true but absolutely confidential. This does not prevent him from making drawings for his book, which seem to me to be getting better and better - and here I am, in spite of myself, led to talk to you about him! Needless to say, in spite of the prostitution of his art, he is still in a lamentable mess - from which he will certainly not come out before his death. Not even after, alas! Because we will be obliged to bury him in the common grave destined for the triflers .... In the last letter, in December 1903, he thanks him for the publication received yesterday, I have only had time to look through the volume last night in the light, but the engravings seemed to me excellent. He comes to speak about the death of Seguin which occurred recently, and for which his intention was to go to the funeral. The weather conditions, snow and ice, did not allow him to go there, but fortunately all the decent people, who could be called members of the Society of Châteauneuf [du Faou] followed the convoy.

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