Artist Holiday Cards
Alvin Langdon Coburn
It’s fascinating to learn about the rich history and tradition of greeting cards, especially those with a focus on the New Year. The idea of sending cards to wish for good fortune and ward off evil spirits adds a cultural and historical depth to this practice.
The involvement of artists in creating original prints for greeting cards adds an artistic and personal touch to the tradition. The fact that many of these cards are inscribed to Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, and are often printed and mounted by the artists themselves, makes them even more special and unique. The inclusion of seasonal greetings and personal messages adds a heartfelt and individualized aspect to each card.
The collection, particularly from the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Estate, seems like a treasure trove of historical and artistic value. The roster of artists, including notable names like Paul Strand, Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter, John Szarkowski, Ralph Steiner, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Doris Ulmann, Brett Weston, and Jerry Uelsmann, among others, further elevates the significance of this collection.
Each print not only serves as a beautiful piece of art but also as a historical artifact, providing insight into the creative expressions and sentiments of the artists during the holiday season. It’s a wonderful example of how art and tradition intersect, creating a meaningful and enduring legacy.