Artist Jounals: Beyond the Bio

Gustave Courbet, Self Portrait with Black Dog, 1841, Oil on canvas, Petit Palais
Gustave Courbet, Self Portrait with Black Dog, 1841, Oil on canvas, Petit Palais, Paris

Vicki Schneider revels in the visceral qualities of the artist journal.

She writes: "Reading the daily bric-a-brac of people's lives, where Manet bought his shoes before his duel with Duranty, who met Courbet for dinner at the Café Andler; these small curios of information plunge me into their world in a way that a biography cannot do: I feel as if I know them when I finish reading their letters."