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Beautiful Book Of Artists' Handwriting And Letters

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#1 goodpens

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 02:24

I just read a beautiful book, published this summer, about artists and their handwriting. I think it will interest many who follow this forum. It is like a really beautiful art exhibit, in book form.

"Pen to Paper: Artists Handwritten Letters, from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art," edited with an introduction by Mary Savig.

Reproductions of letters are included, along with brief biographical info about the artists, analysis of the handwriting and how it reflects that individual's approach to art, and other interesting bits. (Full typed transcriptions of the handwritten letters are also included at the back of the book.)

I borrowed the book from the library. Hardcopies and a Kindle edition are available at:
https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/1616894628

Edited by goodpens, 11 August 2016 - 02:29.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 02:56

I may have to look into the book you are suggesting.  

 

The Smithsonian seems to be publishing several books on approximately the same theme.  I have the book, More Than Words, Illustrated letters from the smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Liza Kirwin.  This book has letters that incorporated drawings reproduced along with a bit about the artist.  

 

https://www.amazon.c...ds, Liza Kirwin



#3 goodpens

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 03:45


Thank you. I didn't know about other title in the apparent series. I'll get it.

I may have to look into the book you are suggesting.  
 
The Smithsonian seems to be publishing several books on approximately the same theme.  I have the book, More Than Words, Illustrated letters from the smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Liza Kirwin.  This book has letters that incorporated drawings reproduced along with a bit about the artist.  
 
https://www.amazon.c...ds, Liza Kirwin



#4 PaperDarts

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 20:18

Thanks to both of you - I like reading collections of letters, but a book showing the actual handwritten letters would be a real treat!


"Life would split asunder without letters." Virginia Woolf

#5 linearM

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 01:34

I just received Pen to Paper as a birthday gift.  It is great fun to look at.  It was fun comparing Georgia O'Keeffe's handwriting to her husband, Alfred Stieglitz's.  Some of the hands are beautiful and some almost impossible to read.  Thanks for suggesting the book goodpens.



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 23:06

I have PEN TO PAPER but didn't know about MORE THAN WORDS. Thank you.


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 03:22

Thank you, this is very interesting.


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