Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    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

    THE RENOIR COLLECTION

    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


    Condition Report*: [letter 1] folds; creases [letter 2] fold; creases
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information.

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2013
    19th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 731

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 May 18 Texas Art Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Wow; aren’t we lucky to meet you. Thanks for the great info and superior client service.
    Paul & Gerri M.,
    New York, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,441,296
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $6,712,638
    2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
    2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
    REALIZED $441,524
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $5,683,719
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    REALIZED $439,980
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $624,835
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    REALIZED $824,108
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,089,341
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    REALIZED $1,725,292
    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,745,893