Art of Handwriting

I think it may prove to be a loss that some schools no longer teach cursive writing.  Though, I admit, I haven’t written in cursive for decades.  Sometime during college, I started to print instead.

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art have an exhibit of the hand written letters of great artists.  With their generosity and the magic of the internet, we can see 45 examples from that exhibit and the commentary on them.

From the website:  “In the age of e-mails, texts, and tweets, when handwritten letters have ceased to be a primary mode of person-to-person communication, this exhibition explores what can be learned from the handwriting of artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Isamu Noguchi, Willem de Kooning, and Thomas Eakins. Accompanying each letter is an interpretation by a leading authority on the artist’s work that discusses how the pressure of line and sense of rhythm speak to that artist’s signature style. Questions of biography also arise: Does the handwriting confirm assumptions about the artist, or does it suggest a new understanding?”

The Art of Handwriting

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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