Autograph letter signed, three pages [one sheet, folded] on letterhead, dated December 1914, in which the Secretary asks Renoir to join a list of famous artists to help spread awareness of what is happening in the war. He relays having received reports about the bombardment of the Reims cathedral and vandalism against art masterpieces, and that an official report has been drawn and is in print to save our civilization and protect our treasures. The list of those willing to help includes: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Claude Monet (1840-1926), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Georges "The Tiger" Clemenceau (1841-1929), and Mme. Anna de Noailles (1876-1933). He writes, It is important that the world knows about those attacks, so that foreign people (in the arts) stand up and protest so we prevent recurrence of these disgraceful and disastrous acts. I have fond memories of the visit I had with dear ... when I saw you. I learned that your son Pierre has been wounded in battle; I hope with all my heart that he will recuperate soon. Dear and great master please accept my respectful sentiments of profound admiration. Sincerely, de Bouhelies (?). P.S. If you would like for me to send you the results of the report, that is by the way bulky, I will hastily do so.

    Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.

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    September, 2013
    19th Thursday
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