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    TWO LETTERS FROM RENOIR TO ALINE REMINISCING OF LEARNING TO SWIM IN PARIS AND REPORTING THE SUCCESS OF THEIR SON, PIERRE IN A RECENT COMPETITION

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    Autograph letter signed, two pages [one sheet folded, two pages blank], in which Renoir writes about his experience of learning how to swim in the baths of Paris, My dear, I learned to swim in the "bath" of Paris. I go into the wadding pool. I went to a ladder where I scarcely had a foot, and I did three or four strokes, where I sometimes scrape my knees against the bottom of the wood. After repeating this celebration, I went to another ladder a little further away and I had the big bath under the eye of the master swimmer and I learned to swim very quickly. One never learns how to hang by a rope. It's useless to continue this exercise. Either you explain a task from the moment one begins to understand it. As for the amateurs, know that I embrace you. Try not to get angry with anyone and say nice things to everyone for me. I'll be there as soon as possible if I'm not held back at Dieppe. When you see Father Charles, have him arrange the calico curtains for my window frame. Tell me if it's well done. August; accompanied by a second autograph letter signed, one page [one sheet folded, two pages blank], dated July 12, 1908, Renoir writes: I'm furious at not having sent you a dispatch for the competition. I was convinced that the deadline was Sunday and that you would receive the letter soon. Pierre did an excellent competition and took first prize. The whole room applauding him caused a scene. Hug Jean and tell him to only go swimming in the sea with strong people around. Renoir


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    [letter 1] folds; creases [letter 2] fold; creases

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