From regular contributor Betty Guernsey:
A doubleheader at the Morgan Library and Museum, Madison Avenue at 36th Street!
The first, “Ernest Hemingway Between Two Wars” chronicles the writer’s literary output and correspondence from his earliest short stories on. Of course, Hemingway had much history with Paris – he lived there as an expatriate from 1922-1928 (arriving with letters of introduction to Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Sylvia Beach, owner of the legendary bookshop Shakespeare and Company). Several years later he followed the American Army across France and through Normandy to the Liberation of Paris in 1944, as war correspondent for Collier’s magazine.
The second exhibition, the luscious “Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts”, highlights many of the 50 books the artist illustrated during the course of his prolific career, including not only his colorful cut paper “Jazz”, “Circus” and “Verve”, but also many of his deceptively simple black-and-white lithographs, linocuts, and line drawings, often produced in collaboration with well-known French writers and poets such as Paul Reverdy.