Sylvia Plath drawings at the Mayor Gallery: Untitled (Cow) Pen and ink on paper. Signed with initials, typed with artist’s name and authenticated by Ted Hughes on the reverse in pencil.
Cow resting. Cow near Grantchester Pen and ink on paper. Signed with initials, titled and authenticated by Ted Hughes on the reverse in pencil.
Untitled (Fruit Plate). Pen and ink on paper. Signed with initials; typed with artist’s name on the reverse.
Harbour Cornucopia, Wisconsin. Pen and ink on paper. Signed with initials lower left. Inscribed in ink with title and artist’s name on the reverse.
Meadow-Flowers. Pen and ink on paper. Signed with initials; typed with title and artist’s name and address 26 Elmwood Road/Wellesley, Mass. Also authenticated by Ted Hughes on the reverse in pencil.
The Pleasure of Odds and Ends. Pen and ink on paper. Signed with initials lower right, typed on the reverse with artist’s address (Yaddo/Saratoga Springs/New York) and title.
Untitled (Pots) Pen and ink on paper. Authenticated by Ted Hughes on the reverse in pencil.
Purple Thistle. Pen and ink on paper. Signed with initials; typed on the reverse with artist’s address (26 Elmwood Road, Wellesley, Mass.) and title.
Tomorrow would have been Sylvia Plath’s 79th birthday, had she not committed suicide at age 30. Although the literary legend is best known for her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar and the posthumously published collection of poetry Ariel, as her daughter Freida Hughes explains, “her passion for art permeated her short life. ”After abandoning her vibrant, complex paintings made during her years as an art student for literature, Plath continued to draw compulsively and illustrate her writing, deriving pleasure and inspiration from the craft.”
Now for the first time, 44 pen and ink drawings by Plath will be on view at the Mayor Gallery in London, November 2 through December 16. Among her subjects: a kiosk near the Louvre, huts of Cambridge, views of the Spanish countryside, and Parisian streets, as well as a few items intimately linked to her literary work, like a pair of patent leather shoes entitled The Bell Jar that she loving described in her novel of the same name. See a selection of the drawings from the Sylvia Plath: Her Drawings and Dadamaino: Volumes, spotted via Dangerous Minds, in our gallery.
“Every picture has its shadows, and it has some source of light.” – Joni Mitchell
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Steve Reed said:
Over the weekend a Facebook friend posted an article about a gallery show of Sylvia Plath’s drawings. (Sylvia, you will recall, is one of my favorite poets.) The friend lives in San Francisco, but the exhibit — shock — is in London!
So yesterday, wasting no time, I hopped on the tube and went to see it.
It’s at the Mayor Gallery in Soho. The drawings are mostly pen-and-ink sketches, though some are only pencil drafts and at least one uses ink wash. What I found exciting is that several of them were published in a biographical appendix to “The Bell Jar,” Plath’s famous 1963 novel. Having read that book several times, I was familiar with them, so it was cool to have an opportunity to see them in person.
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