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Sutherland, Graham
Series Of Eight Unpublished Autographed Letters, One With Small Doodles To Fellow Artist Michael Rothenstein
UK: Autographed letters, 1940's. Graham Sutherland [1903-1980] leading British artist, who began as a printmaker before turning to painting and portraiture, glass and fabrics. A series of eight [8] illuminating unpublished autograph letters, one with small doodles, dating from the 1940's, outlining in some detail his philosophy and practice of art. The letters are all to Michael Rothenstein [1908-1993] artist and printmaker, whose book 'Looking at Paintings' came out in 1947 and featured Graham Sutherland amongst others. In the wake of this publication, I believe Rothenstein may have been considering another book using selective quotes from artists of the day. The letters comprise : 1) 'Autograph letter 2 pages dated Nov 16 1941. 'It was most kind of you to write so appreciatively of my work. So seldom, if at all does one know what sort of effect one's work may have on one's contemporaries. Even if one's work is liked few bother to write - or if they do, seem unable to analyse their reactions - so that you can imagine how grateful I was to get your letter. Doing these war paintings has taught me a lot: but in few of them only do I feel that the problem has been resolved at all completely with that unity of emotion mind & hand. One always hopes to find some day to the equivalent of an easy, smoothly working machine & it may be that the very things which one fights against in one's work are the only things worth preserving!'. He goes on to enquire after Rothenstein's own work and praises an article of Rothenstein's he has read in 'World Revue' '. 2) Autograph letter dated Fe … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB [United Kingdom]
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