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RODIN, AUGUSTE. (1840-1917). French sculptor; creator of The Thinker and other well-known masterpieces. ALS. (“Aug Rodin”). 1p. 8vo. N.p., June 23, 1900. To Madame CHARLOTTE (nee DUBRAY) BESNARD, 1854-1931, painter and wife of Rodin’s colleague, the artist Paul-Albert Besnard (1849-1934). In French with translation.

“Mr. Franchetti ordered a small bronze and acquired a marble. I am thus grateful to you and Besnard for your friendship, as well as your touching goodness. I am happy always to be your respectful and affectionate friend…”

Rodin’s characteristic rough-hewn style and virtuoso technique made him the leading sculptor of his time and placed him at the vanguard of modern art. As such, he was regularly sought after for large-scale commissions. In 1900, he exhibited 150 works at at the Place de l’Alma, timed to coincide with the Paris Exposition Universelle, bringing his work to the attention of wealthy collectors. Giorgio Franchetti (1865-1927) was a member of a noble Turin family who purchased the now famous Villa Ca’ d’Oro in Venice, since 1927 a museum that bears its last owner’s name.

Folded and in fine condition; with the original hand-addressed envelope.

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