Illustrated Letters

Illustrated lettersAs my letter subscription project crosses the half-year line and hits 50 subscribers, I’ve been inspired to go deeper into what a letter can be by exploring the different kinds of art, of writing, and interactive possibilities that can be included in this versatile, remarkable form of self-expression.

Gradually, more books about letters are finding their way into my personal library. Inspired this week by Illustrated Letters: Artists and Writers Correspond,  a collection curated by Roselyne de Ayala and Jean-Pierre Guéno.

Taken entirely from French sources, there are letters by Gaston Chaissac
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Georges Hugnet…

Edouard Manet…

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Paul Gauguin…

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Arthur Rimbaud (swoon!)…

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And this heart-stopping beauty by Victor Hugo…

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…as well as letters by Picasso, Corbusier, Van Gogh, Turgenev…so many brilliant artists and writers. They’re just scrumptious! If I ever received a letter like Hugo’s, I think I would eat it…

4 thoughts on “Illustrated Letters

  1. I have that book, Nat, and I just love it. So glad you are spreading the good news. One thing I did, because I keep a journal (spottily, lately) was copy entries in my journals and send them in lieu of a dedicated letter to friends. One of my friends kept all of them…over 40 years….and just send them back to me. It was so much fun reading them again. Jennifer

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    1. I know, right! Though I’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of letters like these, from artist friends and an enthusiastic lover (Kris). I used to do this sort of thing myself, but ran out of steam when the recipients never wrote back, or sent Hallmark cards in reply…postage gets expensive, too 😕 especially as I left my home country and all my friends behind. Writing to me didn’t hurt each of them, but writing back to all of them cost me half a day’s wages! 😜


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