Letters to a Young Painter
"As for you, my dear Balthus, you surely know full well the love that binds us. Yours with all my heart, Rilke."
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was a poet and novelist, best known for his highly lyrical poetry. He was born in Prague, but spent significant portions of his life in Paris, where he initially served as the sculptor Auguste Rodin's secretary before going on to produce much of his important early work. Throughout his life, Rilke was continuously inspired by works of visual art. His biography of Rodin and his Letters of Cezanne, published posthumously, provide insight to the way visual artists, and their art, figured into his creative approach, and establish him as one of the key twentieth-century poets to engage with visual culture.