Gentlemen: It is with great pleasure that I authorize you to publish the translation of the Life of an Artist. The importance of your house, and the conscientious care which it gives to all its publications, are to me a sure guarantee of the attention which this book will receive from you. This history of my life is at the same time the genesis of my art. It offers also portraits of the painters who were my friends or contemporaries, and the history of the movement of art since 1848 of which I have been a part.
The great favor with which this book has been received in France will find, I hope, its echo among American readers. I am deeply interested in their opinion, for I am full of gratitude for the constant success with which their noble and puissant country has been pleased to encourage my work as a painter.
Please receive, gentlemen, the assurance of my best wishes.