Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Art writings online for free

Vincent van Gogh's letters

There is a new edition of Vincent van Gogh's letters in six volumes with annotations and numerous illustrations:
Vincent van Gogh - The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker.
This publication coincides with an exhibition (until 3 January 2010) at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam presenting a selection of these letters. The exhibition will then come to England at the Royal Academy of Art in London from 23 January 2010 until 18 April 2010. The good news is that you can also read the letters online.

is an extraordinary web resource. The site gives you access to the letters in their original language, an English translation and the facsimile. Even better, you can search by correspondent, locations, or search all the letters using key words.

Self-portrait - Oil on cardboard 1887 (42 × 33.7 cm) - Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. Source: Wikimedia

Other artists’ writings available online for free

Leonardo da Vinci

are both available on the Guttenberg Project site

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) Justify Full

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)

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