Artist and Studio
Illustrated letter from William Glackens to Edith Glackens. Smithsonian.

Illustrated letter from William Glackens to Edith Glackens. Smithsonian.

Beatrix Potter letter, March 11, 1892

Beatrix Potter letter, March 11, 1892

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letter from Eugene Delacroix to his paint dealer

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letter from Eugene Delacroix to his paint dealer

Picasso letter to Leo and Gertrude Stein

Picasso letter to Leo and Gertrude Stein

Rockwell Kent to Frances Kent, 1929.   Archives of American Art
Kent pursued his second wife, Frances, eighteen years his junior, with torrid love letters.

Rockwell Kent to Frances Kent, 1929.   Archives of American Art

Kent pursued his second wife, Frances, eighteen years his junior, with torrid love letters.

Joan Mitchell to Barney Rosset Paris, July 9,1948

Dear Schmuckie 
    Christ how I’m missing you - really - at times life at 1 Fulton St seems like a dream - Gluten (our cat - B.R.) - you & the bridge - it doesn’t seem real - like it happened - and anyway you make up your impression of a place starting with the person you lov and building around it.   (full letter here)

Joan Mitchell to Barney Rosset
Paris, July 9,1948

Dear Schmuckie 

    Christ how I’m missing you - really - at times life at 1 Fulton St seems like a dream - Gluten (our cat - B.R.) - you & the bridge - it doesn’t seem real - like it happened - and anyway you make up your impression of a place starting with the person you lov and building around it.   (full letter here)

Frida Kahlo in Paris to Nickolas Muray in New York, 1939.   Archives of American Art
In the ’30s and ’40s, photographer Nickolas Muray was Frida Kahlo’s friend, lover, and confidante.
"My adorable Nick  -
This morning after so many days of waiting - your letter arrived. I felt so happy that before starting to read it I began to weep. My child, I really shouldn’t complain about any thing that happens to me in life, as long as you love me and I love you. It is so real and beautiful, that makes me forget all pains and troubles, makes me forget even distance. Your words made me feel so close to you that I can feel near your eyes - your hands - your lips. I can hear your voice and your laugh.”

Frida Kahlo in Paris to Nickolas Muray in New York, 1939.   Archives of American Art

In the ’30s and ’40s, photographer Nickolas Muray was Frida Kahlo’s friend, lover, and confidante.

"My adorable Nick  -

This morning after so many days of waiting - your letter arrived. I felt so happy that before starting to read it I began to weep. My child, I really shouldn’t complain about any thing that happens to me in life, as long as you love me and I love you. It is so real and beautiful, that makes me forget all pains and troubles, makes me forget even distance. Your words made me feel so close to you that I can feel near your eyes - your hands - your lips. I can hear your voice and your laugh.”

Joan Mitchell’s love letter to Michael Goldberg(1951)
Hey beautiful,
   Just got your letter … — God you mean a lot to me — it’s never been like this before in my life. I cleaned the studio — made the bed … — I’m using the paint off your palette — I feel so close to you … — I’m drinking the beer you left on the windowsill — & I’m kissing you — this I do all the time …
When Mitchell wrote this letter to her fellow abstract painter, he was spending six months in Rockland State Hospital, Orangeburg, N.Y., in lieu of serving prison time for writing bad checks on her husband’s account.   
(source)  photo & letter Smithsonian

Joan Mitchell’s love letter to Michael Goldberg(1951)

Hey beautiful,

   Just got your letter … — God you mean a lot to me — it’s never been like this before in my life. I cleaned the studio — made the bed … — I’m using the paint off your palette — I feel so close to you … — I’m drinking the beer you left on the windowsill — & I’m kissing you — this I do all the time …

When Mitchell wrote this letter to her fellow abstract painter, he was spending six months in Rockland State Hospital, Orangeburg, N.Y., in lieu of serving prison time for writing bad checks on her husband’s account.   

(source)  photo & letter Smithsonian

Claude Monet to Stephen Clémentel, Minister of Trade. He received the precious consignment and thanks him for his kindness, Giverny, September 3, 1919.  Musée d’Orsay

Claude Monet to Stephen Clémentel, Minister of Trade. He received the precious consignment and thanks him for his kindness, Giverny, September 3, 1919.  Musée d’Orsay

A poetic letter written by Cezanne to art critic and friend Gustave Geffroy. The letter regards an auction that was held by Geffroy in which three of Cezanne’s paintings sold for significant prices. Geffory praised Cezanne’s work and compared him to likes of Gauguin and Van Gogh. 
  “I read yesterday the long treatise that you devoted to bringing to light the endeavors I have made in painting. I wanted to express to you my gratitude for the sympathetic understanding I found in you.” The letter ends with “Please accept my thanks and very best regards. Paul Cezanne.”

A poetic letter written by Cezanne to art critic and friend Gustave Geffroy. The letter regards an auction that was held by Geffroy in which three of Cezanne’s paintings sold for significant prices. Geffory praised Cezanne’s work and compared him to likes of Gauguin and Van Gogh. 

  “I read yesterday the long treatise that you devoted to bringing to light the endeavors I have made in painting. I wanted to express to you my gratitude for the sympathetic understanding I found in you.” The letter ends with “Please accept my thanks and very best regards. Paul Cezanne.”

Thoughtful letter to Jackson Pollock from his father, Arizona, 1928.
"Dear Son Jack,
Well it has been some time since I received your fine letter. It makes me a bit proud and swelled up to get letters from five young fellows by the names of Charles, Mart, Frank, Sande, and Jack. The letters are so full of life, interest, ambition, and good fellowship. It fills my old heart with gladness and makes me feel ‘Bully.’ Well Jack I was glad to learn how you felt about your summer’s work & your coming school year. The secret of success is concentrating interest in life, interest in sports and good times, interest in your studies, interest in your fellow students, interest in the small things of nature, insects, birds, flowers, leaves, etc. In other words to be fully awake to everything about you & the more you learn the more you can appreciate & get a full measure of joy & happiness out of life. I do not think a young fellow should be too serious, he should be full of the Dickens some times to create a balance… “
Complete letter can be found at at Lapham’s Quarterly. Collection of Pollock letters published in, American Letters 1927-1947: Jackson Pollock & Family.

Thoughtful letter to Jackson Pollock from his father, Arizona, 1928.

"Dear Son Jack,

Well it has been some time since I received your fine letter. It makes me a bit proud and swelled up to get letters from five young fellows by the names of Charles, Mart, Frank, Sande, and Jack. The letters are so full of life, interest, ambition, and good fellowship. It fills my old heart with gladness and makes me feel ‘Bully.’ Well Jack I was glad to learn how you felt about your summer’s work & your coming school year. The secret of success is concentrating interest in life, interest in sports and good times, interest in your studies, interest in your fellow students, interest in the small things of nature, insects, birds, flowers, leaves, etc. In other words to be fully awake to everything about you & the more you learn the more you can appreciate & get a full measure of joy & happiness out of life. I do not think a young fellow should be too serious, he should be full of the Dickens some times to create a balance… “

Complete letter can be found at at Lapham’s Quarterly. Collection of Pollock letters published in, American Letters 1927-1947: Jackson Pollock & Family.

Postcard signed by Gustav Klimt, 1910. "Gruise aus dem herrlichen Sudtirol sendet Ihnen."  Signed: “Franz Rumpelmayer.” Below this is additionally inscribed and signed by the artist “Alle Beste Grusse Gustav Klimt” which translates to “All good wishes.”

Postcard signed by Gustav Klimt, 1910.
"Gruise aus dem herrlichen Sudtirol sendet Ihnen."  Signed: “Franz Rumpelmayer.”
Below this is additionally inscribed and signed by the artist “Alle Beste Grusse Gustav Klimt” which translates to “All good wishes.”

(Source: bibliopolis.com)