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Artists' Letters By Michael Bird

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A treasure trove of noteworthy letters, arranged thematically to provide an insight into the lives and work of great artists.

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

A treasure trove of carefully selected letters written by great artists, providing unique insight into their characters and a glimpse into their lives.

Artists' Letters is a collection of intriguing, entertaining, moving, significant, surprising, witty and insightful correspondence from great artists. 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. Letters, some of which includes sketches and drawings, are reproduced with the transcript and some background and contextual information alongside.

Artists include: Salvador Dali, Goya, Lucian Freud, Vanessa Bell, Michelangelo, Mondrian, Gustav Klimt, Jasper Johns, Edward Burne-Jones, William Blake, Marcel Duchamp, Dorothea Tanning, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, Mark Rothko, David Hockney, Monet, Marina Abramovic, Cindy Sherman, Joseph Cornell, Leonora Carrington, Wang Zhideng, Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, Renoir, Rubens, Eva Hesse, Cy Twombly, Roy Lichtenstein, Mary Cassatt, Jackson Pollock, Leonardo da Vinci, Joseph Beuys, Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel, Henry Moore, Joshua Reynolds, Rembrandt, Whistler, Anni Albers, Naum Gabo, Kazimir Malevich, Francis Bacon, Ana Mendieta, Lee Krasner, Andy Warhol

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About Michael Bird

Michael Bird is a writer, art historian and radio broadcaster. He has published many books, essays and articles on modern and contemporary art. His books include Artists' Letters (2019) and 100 Ideas That Changed Art (2012).

Table of Contents

006 Introduction

1 'I saw the new giraffe'
Family & Friends
014 Salvador Dali to Paul Eluard
016 Francisco Lucientes y Goya to Martin Zapater
018 Lucian Freud to Stephen Spender
020 Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant
022 Michelangelo Buonarroti to Lionardo di Buonarroto Simoni
024 Philip Guston to Elise Asher
026 Beatrix Potter to Noel Moore
028 Piet Mondrian to Kurt Seligmann
030 Gustav Klimt to Josef Lewinsky
032 Jasper Johns to Rosamund Felsen
034 Edward Burne-Jones to Daphne Gaskell
036 William Blake to William Hayley
038 Alexander Calder to Agnes Rindge Claflin
040 Zhu Da to Fang Shiguan
042 Camille Pissarro to Julie Pissarro
044 Marcel Duchamp to Suzanne Duchamp
046 Dorothea Tanning to Joseph Cornell

2 'Like a sleepwalker'
Artist to Artist
050 Paul Gauguin to Vincent van Gogh
052 Vincent van Gogh to Paul Gauguin
054 Sebastiano del Piombo to Michelangelo Buonarroti
056 Paul Signac to Claude Monet
058 David Alfaro Siqueiros to Jackson Pollock, Sande Pollock and Harold Lehman
060 Pablo Picasso to Jean Cocteau
062 Mark Rothko to Lee Krasner
064 Edouard Manet to Eugene Maus
066 David Hockney to Kenneth E. Tyler
068 Francis Picabia to Alfred Stieglitz
070 Robert Smithson to Enno Develing
072 Claude Monet to Berthe Morisot
074 Ulay and Marina Abramovic to Mike Parr
076 Mike Parr to Marina Abramovic and Ulay
078 Benvenuto Cellini to Michelangelo
080 John Constable to John Thomas Smith

3 'Your book on witchcraft'
Gifts & Greetings
084 Cindy Sherman to Arthur C. Danto
086 Joseph Cornell to Marcel Duchamp
088 Leonora Carrington to Kurt Seligmann
090 Wang Zhideng to a friend
092 Yayoi Kusama to Donald Judd
094 George Grosz to Erich S. Herrmann
096 Yoko Ono and John Lennon to Joseph Cornell
098 Joan Miro to Marcel Breuer

4 'The best I have painted'
Patrons & Supporters
102 Guercino and Paolo Antonio Barbieri to unknown recipient
104 Nancy Spero to Lucy Lippard
106 Pierre-Auguste Renoir to Georges Charpentier
108 Roy Lichtenstein to Ellen H. Johnson
110 Peter Paul Rubens to Balthasar Gerbier
112 Cy Twombly to Leo Castelli
114 Winslow Homer to Thomas B. Clarke
116 Eva Hesse to Helene Papanek
118 Mary Cassatt to John Wesley Beatty
120 Jackson Pollock to Louis Bunce
122 Leonardo da Vinci to Ludovico Sforza
124 Egon Schiele to Hermann Engel
126 William Hogarth to T.H.
128 Joseph Beuys to Otto Mauer
130 Agnes Martin to Samuel J. Wagstaff
132 Judy Chicago to Lucy Lippard

5 'Hey beautiful'
136 Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera
138 Joan Mitchell to Michael Goldberg
140 Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to Marie-Anne-Julie Forestier
142 Paul Nash to Margaret Odeh
144 Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff
146 Jules Olitski to Joan Olitski
148 Jean Cocteau to unknown recipient
150 Alfred Stieglitz to Georgia O'Keeffe
152 Georgia O'Keeffe to Alfred Stieglitz
154 Auguste Rodin to Camille Claudel
156 Camille Claudel to Auguste Rodin
158 Ben Nicholson to Barbara Hepworth
160 Eileen Agar to Joseph Bard

6 'My 1244 guilders'
Professional Matters
164 Nicolas Poussin to Paul Scarron
166 Henry Fuseli to unknown recipient
168 Henry Moore to John Rothenstein
170 James McNeill Whistler to Frederick H. Allen
172 Joshua Reynolds to Philip Yorke
174 Anni Albers to Gloria Finn
176 Naum Gabo to Marcel Breuer
178 Rembrandt van Rijn to Constantijn Huygens
180 Gustave Courbet to Philippe de Chennevieres
182 Aubrey Beardsley to Frederick Evans
184 Kazimir Malevich to Anatoly Lunacharksy
186 John Linnell to James Muirhead
188 Andy Warhol to Russell Lynes

7 'I hope to get to Venice'
192 Edward Lear to Hallam Tennyson
194 Berenice Abbott to John Henry Bradley Storrs
196 Georges and Marcelle Braque to Paul Dermee and Carolina Goldstein
198 John Ruskin to unknown recipient
200 Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell to Maria and Hans Hofmann
202 Albrecht Du rer to Willibald Pirckheimer
204 Carl Andre to Eva Hesse
206 Francis Bacon to Erica Brausen
208 Ana Mendieta to Judith Wilson
210 Lee Krasner to Jackson Pollock

8 'I see better'
Signing Off
214 Thomas Gainsborough to Thomas Harvey
216 Paul Cezanne to Emile Bernard

218 Timeline
220 Index
222 Picture Credits

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