'Young artists, Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines, lived, worked and squabbled in Paris and London in the 1920s, a period of intense creativity for them both. This hitherto unpublished selection of letters reveals something of their bohemian and almost nomadic, rootless existence amongst a wide circle of friends, lovers and fellow artists. They shed light on the early years of a turbulent relationship which in spite of its vicissitudes, always put art at its centre.'
This is a wonderful compilation of intimately reproduced letters and correspondence between two of the foremost bohemian British artists of their day. Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines were instrumental to the development of young artistic talent at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, including the young Lucian Freud.
Before they established themselves in rural Suffolk the pair travelled widely, often independently, throughout Europe and beyond, using Paris as their base. This collection of their exchanges is a much-needed addition to the field of Morris scholarship and to the broader context of the development of modern British art in the early-twentieth century.