The Restaurant de la Sirene at Asnieres

The Restaurant de la Sirene at Asnieres

"Would you do me a great favour: my friend the Dane, who leaves for Paris on Tuesday will give you 2 small paintings — nothing much — that I’d like to give to mme the Countess De la Boissiere at Asnières. She stays in boulevard Voltaire, on the first floor of the first house at the end of the Clichy bridge. Père Perruchot's restaurant is on the ground floor. Would you take them to her personally on my behalf, saying I had hopes of seeing her again this spring and that even here I haven’t forgotten her; I gave them 2 small ones last year as well, her and her. I’d have hope that you wouldn’t regret making these ladies’ acquaintance. After all, they’re a family. The countess is far from young but she’s first of all a countess, then a lady, the daughter ditto. And it makes sense for you to go, since I can’t be sure that the family’s staying in the same place this year (however, they’ve been coming there for several years, and must know their address in town). Perhaps I’m deluding myself — but I can’t help thinking of them, and perhaps it will be a pleasure for them and for you too, if you meet them." Vincent to Theo from Arles, May 20, 1888
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Painting Date
1st of April 1887
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“Would you do me a great favour: my friend the Dane, who leaves for Paris on Tuesday will give you 2 small paintings — nothing much — that I’d like to give to mme the Countess De la Boissiere at Asnières. She stays in boulevard Voltaire, on the first floor of the first house at the end of the Clichy bridge. Père Perruchot’s restaurant is on the ground floor. Would you take them to her personally on my behalf, saying I had hopes of seeing her again this spring and that even here I haven’t forgotten her; I gave them 2 small ones last year as well, her and her. I’d have hope that you wouldn’t regret making these ladies’ acquaintance. After all, they’re a family. The countess is far from young but she’s first of all a countess, then a lady, the daughter ditto.

And it makes sense for you to go, since I can’t be sure that the family’s staying in the same place this year (however, they’ve been coming there for several years, and must know their address in town). Perhaps I’m deluding myself — but I can’t help thinking of them, and perhaps it will be a pleasure for them and for you too, if you meet them.”   Vincent to Theo from Arles, May 20, 1888

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas
Paris: Spring, 1887
Ashmolean Museum
Oxford, United Kingdom, Europe
F: 312, JH: 1253

Where Vincent Was:
Paris

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