Today would have been Sylvia Plath‘s 79th birthday. In her honor, Flavorpill has posted up sixteen images from the book Sylvia Plath: Her Drawings and Dadamaino: Volumes.
With the blessing of Plath’s daughter, Frieda Hughes, 44 of Plath’s pen and ink drawings will be displayed in London’s Mayor Gallery for the first time. The exhibit will last from November 2nd until December 16th. According to Flavorpill, the drawings range from French street life to scenes from the Spanish countryside. In the image embedded above (via), Plath drew a kiosk near the Louvre museum.
In a guest piece for The Guardian, Hughes explained: “Although my mother is known primarily for her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar and her poetry – particularly her last collection, Ariel, published posthumously in 1965 following her suicide on 11 February 1963 – her passion for art permeated her short life. Her early letters and diary notes and poems were often heavily decorated, and she hoped that her drawings would illustrate the articles and stories that she wrote for publication.” What do you think of Plath’s drawings?