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Correspondence, ca. 1889-1926.

Author: Théo van RysselberghePierre BounierHenri Edmond CrossAndré GideMaximilien LuceAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : French
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Collection contains eighty-four letters of van Rysselberghe to, among others, Madame Rysselberghe, the dealer Huinck, Paul Signac, and Berthe Williere; and one hundred forty-one letters received from colleagues including Henri Cross, Paul Signac, Camille Pissaro and Henry van de Velde. The letters, many of which are extensively illustrated, are largely theoretical in nature and explore all facets of art theory and
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Genre/Form: Illustrations
Named Person: Jacques-Émile Blanche; Eugène Delacroix; Maurice Denis; Félix Fénéon; Marcel Proust; Odilon Redon; Paul Sérusier; Georges Seurat; Henri Matisse; Octave Maus; Andre Marty
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Théo van Rysselberghe; Pierre Bounier; Henri Edmond Cross; André Gide; Maximilien Luce; Paul Signac; Armand Solvay; Henry van de Velde; Berthe Williere
OCLC Number: 80343267
Notes: Holographs, signed.
Description: ca. 225 items.

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Collection contains eighty-four letters of van Rysselberghe to, among others, Madame Rysselberghe, the dealer Huinck, Paul Signac, and Berthe Williere; and one hundred forty-one letters received from colleagues including Henri Cross, Paul Signac, Camille Pissaro and Henry van de Velde. The letters, many of which are extensively illustrated, are largely theoretical in nature and explore all facets of art theory and practice associated with the Neo-impressionist milieu of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Series I. Letters to Madame Rysselberghe, ca. 1902-1920 (32 items). Thirty-two letters, a significant portion of which are dated 1918-1920, include detailed discussion of travels, work in progress, especially on portraits, his own emotional state and personal matters. Van Rysselberghe writes of technical matters, including difficulties associated with painting "en plein air" and a decorative project underway for Armand Solvay, and describes in some detail his stay at the Chateau de Mariemont. Other letters also include discussion of upcoming exhibitions and comments on the writing of Andre Gide, Jacques-Emile Blanche, and Marcel Proust.

Series II. Miscellaneous letters, 1900-1926 (52 items). Twenty letters to van Rysselberghe's dealer Huinck concern practical matters associated with upcoming exhibitions in Holland such as the framing and packing of works of art, titles, dimensions and prices of paintings, train schedules, and fluctuating currency (1924-1925). Nineteen letters and postcards to Berthe Williere on work, travel and personal matters (1909-1926). In three letters to Paul Signac, van Rysselberghe defends his criticism of Signac's work, explains his own working method, and responds to the suggestion that his work was adversely influenced by Maurice Denis (1909). One letter to Andre Gide concerns the "fond d'atelier" of Henri Cross and a possible retrospective exhibition (1918). Other correspondents include Pierre Bounier (1900, 1914), Armand Solvay (1922) and a M. Dunan (1925-1926).

Series III. Letters received from Paul Signac, ca. 1892-1909 (74 items). Seventy-four detailed letters, many extensively illustrated with color and ink sketches, focus primarily on theoretical issues. Signac outlines ideas for work in progress, discusses color theory and the divisionist technique, and comments on a wide variety of matters, including Old Master painting and the work of Seurat, Maurice Denis, Odilon Redon, Paul Serusier, Henri Cross, and Eugene Delacroix. In several essay-length letters, Signac attempts to render in a systematic manner the theory of Neoimpressionism and his own approach to painting and avidly defends the pointillist technique. The letters also include discussion of practical matters relating to exhibitions and the sale of paintings, as well as mention of literary interests and personal news.

Series IV. Letters received from Henri Cross, 1908-1910, n.d. (53 items). Eleven letters addressed to van Rysselberghe contain discussion of work in progress (illustrated) and working method and include mention of Felix Feneon, Signac, and Henri Matisse. Forty-two letters, mostly personal in nature, are addressed to Madame Rysselberghe and contain some mention of literary and musical interests, daily activities, and art-related matters.

Series V. Miscellaneous letters received, ca. 1889-1905, n.d. (14 items). Includes four letters from Camille Pissarro concerning printmaking ventures and including mention of Octave Maus and Andre Marty (1895); two brief letters from Maximilien Luce (n.d.); one letter from Maurice Denis mentioning two portraits by van Rysselberghe and commenting on personal travel plans (n.d.); and seven letters from Henry van de Velde explaining in some detail his difficulties with the neo-impressionist style and outlining plans for an exhibition in Berlin designed to interest the German press in Neo-impressionism (1890-1905).

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