Monday, October 21, 2019

Artists' Letters Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney by Michael Bird Review


Artists' Letters
Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney
by Michael Bird
Quarto Publishing Group - White Lion Publishing
Arts & Photography , Biographies & Memoirs

Artists’ Letters is a treasure trove of carefully selected letters written by great artists, providing the reader with a unique insight into their characters and a glimpse into their lives. Arranged thematically, it includes writings and musings on love, work, daily life, money, travel and the creative process.
On the theme of friendship, for example, letters provide evidence of a creative community between peers, with support and mutual appreciation that helps to dispel the myth of the artist as solitary genius. Letters between Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin show an ongoing conversation and exchange of ideas. We see mutual admiration between Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot, and Picasso’s quick notes to Jean Cocteau illustrate their closeness.

Correspondence, some of which includes sketches and drawings, is reproduced with the transcript and some background and contextual information alongside. The book brings together a collection of treasures found in letters, which in our digital age are an increasingly lost art.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's' Review-  Everything from love notes to the more intriguing letters is included in the amazing read. It would take me weeks to really get in depth with it. I was very excited to see a huge part of inspiration throughout the years.

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