LETTERS TO A YOUNG PAINTER
Never before translated into English, Letters to a Young Painter, is a surprising companion to Rainer Maria Rilke’s infamous Letters to a Young Poet. While the latter has become a global phenomenon, the present volume has been largely overlooked. In these intimate letters written to a teenage Balthus—who would go on to become one of the leading artists of his generation—Rilke describes the challenges he faced, while opening the door for the young painter to take himself and his work seriously. Rilke’s constant warmth, his ability to sense in advance his correspondent’s difficulties and propose solutions to them, and his sensitivity as a person and an artist come across in these charming and honest letters.
This book is part of David Zwirner Books’ ekphrasis series, specially dedicated to publishing rare, out-of-print, and newly commissioned texts as accessible paperback volumes.