As a companion to The Artist’s Room we invite you to follow along with The Diary, a writing project by the team at Ordovas. Over the coming weeks it will take you into the homes and studios of the artists in our exhibition, exploring more deeply the things that have inspired them, from travel to architecture, literature to music. We hope that it will, in turn, provide you with a source of inspiration and contemplation.
For this week’s theme in The Diary we dive into the realm of correspondence, exploring how artists share their thoughts, inspirations and images outside their art. From Matisse’s beautifully illustrated letters to the touching birthday cards sent by Frank Auerbach to Lucian Freud, we get a glimpse into the lives of these extraordinary artists and see just how important their communication with friends and fellow artists was to them, something that holds true to this day.
This week in The Diary we focus on the theme of travel, where artists go to find inspiration and how their work is affected by the world around them. From Frank Auerbach who over the years has stayed increasingly closer to his home in Camden Town, to David Hockney who, falling in love with the French countryside, recently purchased a home in Normandy on a whim, follow along as we explore the impact travelling both near and far has had on these artists’ works. We hope it will help you find inspiration in the world around you.
As we welcome you to The Diary we wanted to dedicate this first week to exploring the studios, houses and everyday rooms of the exhibited artists. We hope you will enjoy The Diary as much as we have done writing these entries.