MONET, CLAUDE. 1840-1926.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Claude Monet"), 3 pp recto and verso, conjoined leaves, 8vo, Giverny, [October 20, 1884], in French, to Georges de Bellio, fine.
Monet writes to one of his greatest patrons, the expatriate Romanian homeopathic doctor Georges de Bellio. He mentions a recent visit to Paris, complains about the onward march of time ("I have plenty of things I've started that I must finish before the leaves start to fall ... I work a lot, but alas, without ever reaching where I wanted to"), and tries to lure de Bellio to Giverny with the promise of seeing "a bit of painting" and the "attractive sight" of the golden autumnal trees. De Bellio  was a passionate art collector, whose collection forms the heart of the Musée Marmottan in Paris.