Nov 09, 2004 - Sale 2021

Sale 2021 - Lot 252

Price Realized: $ 575
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
LA FARGE, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed, to art critic James Hunneker, an important letter discussing his collection of Japanese prints, written shortly after the sale of his collection, writing that he first bought a Hokusai book in the 1850s, and that the monetary value of the material does not always match the inspirational value. 4 pages, four 8vo sheets; minor edge tears. Np, 1 March 1908

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" . . . Let me say that I liked your reference to my sale . . . but things have sold badly & sales have no souls . . . It is just fifty years ago that I bought my first Hokusai book -- imagaine the joy of first discovery. So I lit [?] off & have had my likings for Japan. In fact I know of no artists before me. My French people laughed at me for 'les amours exotiques.' But here people thought more ill of a lover of Jap. art. As for the lover of Blake or Goya I think I still have the bad name . . ."