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Description: French artist Jean-Charles Cazin (1840-1901) penned and signed this Montaigne quotation in New York on November 20th, 1893. The quotation in French reads: “Extrêmement libre et par nature et par art, j’ai marché aussi avant et le pas qu’il ma plu”. Translated to English, the quotation reads: Entirely unfettered both in nature and in art, I have gone forward in my path and at the gait that I willed. This particular quotation appears in Century magazine (Volume 55, November 1897, to April, 1898) article by William A. Coffin who writes that Cazin told him: “If it were not that I feared it might be thought pretentious, I should have placed at the head of my catalogue this sentence from Michel de Montaigne…[aforementioned quote]”.

Jean-Charles Cazin is best known for his landscapes and religious-themed paintings, notably Souvenir de fête, Journée faite, Hagar and Ishmael, and Judith. He became the leader of a new school of idealistic subject-painting in France. Cazin also designed ceramics for Fulham pottery and posed for the figure of Eustache de Saint-Pierre in the bronze group The Burghers of Calais by his friend, Auguste Rodin.

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance who directly influenced Western writers, including Francis Bacon, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ralph Walso Emerson, Friedrich Nietzche, and more. He popularized essays as a literary genre, particularly with his massive and highly influential Essais.

4 ½” x 7”. Item #A01166

Condition: Small stain, not affecting text, otherwise in very good condition with a large, bold signature.