Lot n° 42
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RENOIR Auguste (1841-1919)
L.A.S. "Renoir", Vic-en-Bigorre 1 March 1871, to his friend and patron the architect Charles LE CŒUR; 3 pages in-8 (slight traces of restoration).
Beautiful letter on his life during the siege of Paris, a few days before demobilization.
[In 1870, Renoir had been mobilized in the 10th regiment of chasseurs de Tarbes. After spending the winter there, he was sent to Libourne where he fell seriously ill. He returned to Paris in the spring of 1871.]
He greeted the whole Le Coeur family warmly and said he was in a hurry to return to Paris: "I can't hold it in place any longer. ...] I want to see you again.
I was really nervous during the Siege. And I was gluing good things to myself while you were starving. How many times I thought if it was possible to send them a piece of it, and I wasn't hungry and would have deserted to go and suffer with you. ... I was not happy for four months, when I felt without letters from Paris. I was taken by an emm....nui, deep, impossible to eat and sleep; at last I paid for the dyssentery and I almost slammed without my uncle who came to pick me up in Libourne and took me to Bordeaux. There it reminded me a bit of Paris. And then I saw something other than the military, which made me feel better quickly, and what made me see how sick I was was seeing my comrades. When they saw me come back they were amazed, they considered me dead and besides, we were used to it, especially for Parisians. There is a large number of them resting in the shade in the Libourne cemetery".
He recounts the rapid death of his comrades who were ill: "It was very curious. We were the day before at the wine merchant. The next day you see a boy who doesn't speak anymore [...] The next day there is no one there". He himself almost suffered the same fate
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