Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Smithsonian presents “A Thousand Kisses: Love Letters from the Archives of American Art,” a collection of ephemera revealing the love lives of of painters, sculptors and illustrators from the mid-19th century to the late 20th.
As the Smithsonian’s Eye Level blog notes:
One of the most heartbreaking is from Lee Krasner to her husband, Jackson Pollock, written in the summer of 1956 when she was in Paris and he was on Long Island. “It would be wonderful to get a note from you … The painting hear [sic] is unbelievably bad (How are you Jackson?).” A few weeks later, Pollock was killed in a car crash while Krasner was still in Paris.
The striking portrait of the two from 1946 is on display as an oversized wall image. Also in the collection, notes and drawings from Paul Bransom, Frida Kahlo, Joan Mitchell and Franz Kline.
“A Thousand Kisses” is on display through May 30 at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, DC.
Image credit: Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, ca. 1946. Photograph by Ronald Stein. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, ca. 1905-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.