MATISSE, HENRI. (1869-1954). French painter, sculptor, and printmaker. ALS. (“H. Matisse”). 2pp. 8vo. Paris, June 9, 1946. To a gentleman. In French with translation.
“Here I am in Paris – my departure is the reason for the delay of my answer to your letter of May 30 –
I am happy with the news that you give me concerning the transfer to Nice of La Liberté enchaînée [Freedom in Chains]. I believe that a beautiful place in the garden of King Albert facing the sea – similar to that of the centenary monument would look well on a pedestal of less than a meter – framed by trees – the sculpture of Maillol does well in for trees, and he was very proud of it – what a pity that I wasn’t able to see this in Nice – I would have had the pleasure of giving my opinion should I have been asked to do so.
As for Puget, the sculpture of Blanqui’s mask on his native house seems to me satisfactory given the way in which the monument in question was treated.
While apologizing again for the delay of my answer, please accept my distinguished feelings….”