MONET, Claude (1840-1926)

Autograph letter signed « Claude Monet » to a friend
[Giverny], 6th July 1922, 3 p. in-8°

« All my time, I devote it to work although my eyesight declines day by day »

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MONET, Claude (1840-1926)

Autograph letter signed « Claude Monet » to a friend
[Giverny], 6th July 1922, 3 p. in-8° on his letterhead « Giverny par Vernon, Eure »
Pale ink in some areas

Moving letter of the artist, testifying to his devotion to painting despite declining eyesight and health


« Cher ami,
Vous voudrez bien excuser le retard que j’ai mis à vous remercier de votre volume mais me voilà bien vieux, et tout mon temps, je le consacre au travail bien que ma vue décline de jour en jour.
C’est bien gentil à vous de m’avoir adressé cette lettre mais sans doute ne serez-vous pas surpris de savoir qu’elle ne m’est parvenue que par votre livre. Nous sommes bien prêts l’un de l’autre et nous rencontrons moins souvent. C’est très bête. La vérité c’est que je suis désormais un vieillard et que je ne sors plus de chez moi.
Toutes mes amitiés et remerciements de votre envoi.
Claude Monet »


Although the first signs of visual deterioration appeared as early as 1910, Monet’s eyesight suddenly dropped in the first half of 1922. His relatives and Clemenceau urged him to have surgery, Monet refused. In May, he can hardly work anymore. All his attempts to start a new painting ended in failure. After much procrastination, Monet finally – reluctantly – accepted the operation on his right eye performed by Dr. Charles Coutela on January 10 of the following year. After two other successful operations, Monet could see better but his perception of colors remains altered.