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FINE CONDITION

CHARLES MARIE WIDOR - ORGANIST

One page typed letter signed, octavo as President of the Comité National de Défense de L’enseignement Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, November 5, 1934.

Widor writes:

November 5, 1934

 

Sir,

 

Your personality has been pointed out to me the honor of sending you a little documentation which will allow you to appreciate the moral value of the NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE DEFENSE OF HIGHER EDUCATION OF FINE ARTS, which groups together the elite of French Art.

 

We would be happy to count you among its Members, as soon as possible, so that we can invite you to our Annual General Meeting which will be held very soon at the Palais de l'Institut (CAEN Pavilion).

 

Come to us, Sir, and please accept the expression of my feelings of gratitude and dedication.

 

President

 

Widor

 

Perpetual Secretary of the Academy of Fine Arts

 

Widor was made Permanent Secretary of the Académie des Beaux Arts in 1914, after the death of novelist Henry Roujon. He has been honored in 1892 as a member of the Légion d’Honneur and a member of the Institut in 1910, which led to this appointment which literally made him the head of arts in France at that time. The Comité National de Défense de L’enseignement Supérieur des Beaux-Arts was a smaller group within the Académie, the “crème de la crème” within the arts, which literally controlled the arts to an even higher degree in France at that time.  The organist and composer held the position until his death in 1937.

 

We do not know to whom the letter is addressed as the envelope is no longer present. However, letters of Widor in this position are rarely available.  This is the first we have seen in over 20 years!