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Photographie originale de Guy de Maupassant avec envoi autographe signé à la comtesse Potocka
Rare original photographic portrait of the writer in full, realized by Achille Mélandri, enriched with an autograph signed signed "A Madame the Countess Potocka, his respectful friend, Guy de Maupassant".For a long time, Maupassant, like Balzac or Flaubert, was resistant to the diffusion of his portrait in photography as in engraving. In an autograph note kept in the library at Rouen, he summarized his idea on this subject: " I have made an absolute rule to never let my portrait be published whenever I can prevent it. The exceptions took place only by surprise. Our works belong to the public, not our figures. In 1890 he even threatened to sue one of his publishers, Charpentier, for he had inserted his portrait in Les Soirées de Médan . He asked him to recall all the copies in stock to destroy them. He never put his threat into execution but remained of the opinion that the photographs were in the private sphere.This is why the photographic portraits of Maupassant are rare and generally reserved for his relatives. Here he decides to offer it to the Countess Potocka, of whom he was one of the most fervent "Maccabees," or "dead of love," the group of admirers who surrounded the countess. Maupassant had a real passion for this muse, which inspired several characters, including Christiane Andermatt in Mont-Oriol , and Baroness de Frémines in Notre Cœur .To realize this portrait in full, it chose its neighbor of the street Clauzel, Achille Mélandri. Hydropath, poet and photographer of literary and artistic Paris, he had photographed celebrities such as Victor Hugo, André Gill and Sarah Bernhardt. He is famous for having worked with Emile Cohl on a method to animate the photographs that will lead him to the invention of the cartoon.One of the very rare autographed photographs of Maupassant, addressed to the mistress of one of the most important literary and artistic salons of the nineteenth century and loving passion half-confessed to the writer. Paris s.d. [1883] 10,7x16,4cm (image), 20,3x29,2cm (planche) 1 photographie monté sur carton
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