Judging books by their covers

September 10, 2020

It was the cover of a Nancy Mitford book that led me to Lourdes Sanchez. I then discovered that a few years ago Penguin had published new editions of a series of Nancy Mitford books, all featuring the Cuban-born artist’s beautiful geometric patterns. Her watercolours are hard not to love. And it’s not just her bold use of colour that draws you in. There’s a looseness, and a surrendering to the medium’s natural urge to bleed and blend that I find an interesting contrast to the geometry of her patterns. Sanchez also created art for 250 limited edition copies of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. Each one was printed on satin and stamped with gold foil.

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