PISSARRO, CAMILLE. 1830-1903.
Autograph Letter Signed ("C. Pissarro"), 2 pp, 8vo, Le Havre, August 24, 1903, in French, to his wife, Julie, on Hotel Continental letterhead, small crease to one corner, else fine.
An intimate letter from Pissarro to his wife just a few months before his death, expressing how he misses her and reporting on his commercial successes. The Pissarro family toured Normandy in the summer of 1903, but by the end of August Julie and their son had returned to Paris. Pissarro stayed on to paint. He explains how he sold one work for 4,000 francs to a friend of Henry Van de Velde, the Belgian designer who had toured with them: "It was a real struggle to get this price, but after taking several days to think about it, the collector bought it." By contrast, he notes, he had to drop the price to 2,000 francs each for two paintings that he sold to the Musée in Le Havre - Pilots' Jetty, Le Havre - High Tide, Afternoon Sun, and The Inner Harbour, Le Havre - Morning, Sun, Rising Tide.