The Art of the Letter

The Art of the Letter

If you've been following me for some time, you know that I love taking inspiration from art, sculpture and beyond. However, you may not know that I also love sending and receiving written correspondence. That being said, I immediately gravitated toward this small post card (above) from Alexander Calder to Pablo Picasso, two of my personal inspirations, on a recent visit to the De Young Museum.

As observers, our knowledge of artists is usually limited to what we can glean from their carefully composed artworks which makes the intimate little details of their letters – the careful penmanship, a hastily scratched out word, the flourish at the end of a word – feel all the more special.

These letters are works of art in their own way, each piece of paper serving as a small blank canvas to be filled with personal reflections, observations and even the impromptu doodle.

Scroll down to see a selection of my favorite letters from some beloved artists. Hope you enjoy these and maybe even get inspired to pick up a pen and paper to write a letter of your own or just leave a special note for someone :)

Henri Matisse to Andre Rouveyre

Pablo Picasso to Jean Cocteau

Gio Ponti to Esther McCoy

Frida Kahlo to Emmy Lou Packard

Vincent van Gogh to John Peter Russell

Alexander Calder to Agnes Rindge Claflin

René Magritte to Francis Lee

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