Oil on cardboard (sketch).
Dimensions: 15x20 inch.
Date probable: 1948
"Few weeks after Sartre returned from Italy, he went to see Stepha. She showed him a letter she had just received from Fernando. It said, "I lied to you. I told you I was a painter. A painter does not kill. But I do. The man you married was a fraud. Forget him."
When I asked him about it, Sartre remembered only that she was very depressed. In the Age of Reason, begun in the winter of 1938-39 and published after the war, Sartre translated that depression thus:
- "And Gomez (Fernando)?" asked Mathieu (Sartre).
- "Just the same as usual. He's at Barcelona," said Sarah (Stépha).
- "Have you had any news of him?"
- "Last week. A full account of his exploits," Sarah replied ironically...
- "You know that he's a colonel now?"
- "Colonel." Mathieu thought of the man of yesterday, and his heart contracted.Gomez had actually gone... bareheaded and without an overcoat, as though he were going to buy cigarettes at the Dome. He had not returned. The room had remained exactly as he left it: an unfinshed canvas, a half-cut copperplate on the table, among phials of acid...
He thought, "He was a beast to Sarah all the same...""
John (Tito) Gerassi
"Sartre: Hated Conscience of his Century",
The University of Chicago Press, 1989.