Even in this age of emails, texts, and tweets, there is an ongoing fascination with the simple act of putting pen to paper. Our forthcoming publication

Pen to Paper: Artists’ Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

offers insight into the handwriting of artists including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Grandma Moses, and Jackson Pollock. Order your copy now!

This GIF is a detail from a Maxfield Parrish letter to Martin Birnbaum, 1918 Dec. 4. Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.