Description: French artist Edouard Detaille (1848-1912) penned and signed this three-page letter (in French) in which he discusses that he had considered abandoning his current projects, but after weighing the pros and cons of such a decision, he decided that the cons won.
Detaille was known for his military paintings which exuded rich detail and realism. He came from a military family and served in the French army himself, gaining knowledge which aided him in his artistic endeavors. Two of his most famous paintings were Le Rêve (1888), a painting that depicts sleeping soldiers dreaming of glory, and The Defense of Champigny (1879), which depicts the Battle of Villiers in the Franco-Prussian War. These two paintings hang in the Musée d’Orsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively.
Written on a folded sheet of stationery imprinted with the address: “129. Boulevard Malesherbes.” 7” x 4 ½”. Item #A00939.
Condition: Fold line, otherwise in very good condition with a large, bold signature.