Monday, April 20, 2009

Exhibition of Artists' Sketchbooks

The Fogg Museum at Harvard University has an interesting online exhibition, "Under Cover : Artists' Sketchbooks". On their website, they note that "Artists have used sketchbooks for centuries, entrusting travel sketches, figure studies, compositional ideas, and notes of every kind to their pages. Designed to be easily portable, sketchbooks are often kept in a pocket, and offer an unusually personal glimpse of the artist at work."

The Fogg Museum has a collection of 150 sketchbooks, and the online exhibition features 10 of them, including sketchbooks owned by John Singer Sargent, Jacques-Louis Divid, and Edward Burne-Jones.

You can see the online exhibition here:


Lucas said...

I love Edward Burne-Jones paintings. Actually, all pre-raphaelite paintings are wonderful.

moonbindery said...

I love Burne-Jones, too! William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement were a real inspiration to me in becoming a bookbinder.

acornmoon said...

I wish I could see this.

On Saturday I went to a bookbinding demonstration, the topic was limp vellum binding. I believe that this was revived by the Arts and Crafts movement. I am sure you would have loved it!

CinderLisa said...

What a fantastic exhibition! That would be amazing to see.

dinahmow said...

I've seen your blog name around, but never (why?) visited til now.
Like Acornmoon, you are now bookmarked. Further inspiration to get some of these ideas out of my head and into a press!