DELACROIX, EUGENE. (1798-1863). France’s greatest painter of the Romantic period; precursor of both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. ALS. (“E. Delacroix”). 1p. 4to. N.p., October 30, 1820. An emotional letter, written at the age of 22, to his close friend and future executor, Achille Piron (1798-1865). In French with translation. With an unsigned, original carte-de-visite photograph of Delacroix by the Paris atelier of G.M. Lege.
“Your reproaches, my dear friend, are unjust. You will convince yourself by the attached letter addressed to you, that I had not forgotten you. I was waiting for the answer of these gentlemen, and meanwhile while waiting, I was going to send you this letter to have news from you and know whether you were back in Paris. I am not angry with you, however, because I am convinced that you sometimes become alarmed in friendships, only because you have strong feelings of friendship. But learn to know the one who will always rejoice in having met you and in being your friend. Exaggerated in my affection and in my aversion, I despise and abhor all that comes before me with the aspect of pure and simple forms. So, with those whom I do not like, or who are indifferent to me, I hardly care to observe them and of what they will think of it: as to those who are my friends, I think I would be treating them with indifference if I took offence concerning them. Finally, I am so lazy, so usually carried away by the affection of the moment, that I commit and will unfortunately commit more than one forgetfulness of an otherwise grave nature.