Sketchbooks: Turning the Pages at the Art Institute of Chicago

Artists have long used sketchbooks to jot down ideas and to work quickly outside their studios. This selection of Art Institute sketchbooks ranges from the eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries, and appears in order by artist name. The Cézanne, Redon and Weber books were standard issue for the late nineteenth-century, and all include an extra flap inside the front or back binding for holding a pencil.
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Christina Ramberg is one of the Chicago Imagists who exhibited in the 1960's and 1970's. Her notebook contains fragments and sketches of costumes and clothing that are referenced in her drawings and paintings as well as her personal notes and even a recipe for a vegetable and sprout medley.
Christina Ramberg is one of the Chicago Imagists who exhibited in the 1960's and 1970's. Her notebooks contains fragments and sketches of costumes and clothing that are referenced in her drawings and paintings as well as her personal notes.


Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin's delicate but exuberantly filled sketchbook still retains the printed colored papers with which it was initially bound.

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