Manet (Édouard)

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Manet (Édouard)
Autograph letter signed to Stéphane Mallarmé. Dated "Thursday" (ca. 1880), 2 pages in-16°. Devauchelle folder. Rare, apparently unpublished letter from Manet to his friend Mallarmé (they saw each other almost every day and therefore wrote very little), dating from the end of the painter's life. Manet declines an invitation, despite the pleasure he would derive from it, given his activities, which do not leave him a minute to spare, and asks the poet to convey his and his wife's regards to Madame Mallarmé. Manet and Mallarmé met in 1874 and collaborated on Edgar Poe's Le Corbeau (1875), followed by L'Après-midi d'un Faune (1876). In the same year as Le Faune, Mallarmé also wrote one of the most important articles on his friend's work (The Impressionists and Édouard Manet, in The Art Monthly Review), taking over from Zacharie Astruc, Émile Zola and Jules de Marthold in the painter's defense. As Verlaine recalled in his memoirs, Manet and Mallarmé saw each other "almost every day", which explains the scarcity of their correspondence.
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