DELACROIX, EUGENE. (1798-1863). France’s greatest Romantic painter; precursor of both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. ALS. (“E. Delacroix”). 3pp. 8vo. N.p., N.d. (“Saturday”). To Polish Princess CAROLYNE SAYN-WITTGENSTEIN, (1819-1887); longtime lover of Hungarian-born composer and pianist Franz Liszt (1811-1886). In French with translation.
“I do not know how to express the confusion I feel at this renewed attention I have received and at the kindness of our dear great artist: I reserve the right to write him regarding this subject, as well as to the cordial invitation he has extended for me to visit him in Weimar… Unfortunately my plans have changed on account that I am required to be present here for the exhibition jury and since I cannot disengage myself from being, in three or four days’ time, in the South of France, in other words at the opposite end, I will not have time to go embrace the friends I have in Strasbourg. I would have come to tell you all this if I had hoped to find you today, instead I thought of coming tomorrow, Sunday, before your dinner. The part of your letter in which you tell me when I can visit you is unfortunately a bit smudged and I cannot figure what you wrote. If I do not hear from you by then I will come by before 5pm, to leave you time to prepare your dinner. As for your invitation for Tuesday, I regret that I cannot attend since I leave Monday morning. With a thousand new expressions of … and deep respect… I shall bring you a note for Liszt that I would ask you to take care of.”