E. E. Cummings the Artist


Born on October 14, 1894, most people know E.E. Cummings the writer. As a poet, Edward Estlin Cummings was very popular throughout the 20th century and received tremendous critical acclaim. Less well-known is Cummings’ accomplishment as a visual artist. Cummings considered himself as much a painter as a poet and he devoted a tremendous amount of time to his art. He also produced thousands of pages of notes concerning his own opinions about painting, colour theory, the human form, the “intelligence” of painting, and his thoughts about the Masters.

Cummings painted primarily in oils on canvas, canvas board, particle board, cardboard, and sometimes burlap. His painting is generally divided into two phases. Between 1915 and 1928, he produced large-scale abstractions which were widely acclaimed.  As well he produced very popular drawings and caricatures that were published in “The Dial” journal. Between 1928 and 1962, Cummings created primarily representational works including still lifes, landscapes, nudes, and portraits.

Cummings spent the last ten years of his life traveling, attending speaking engagements, and at his summer home, Joy Farm, in Silver Lake, New Hampshire. He died on September 3, 1962, at the age of 67 in North Conway, New Hampshire of a stroke.

For a more in depth look at the art of E. E. Cummings, visit EE Cummings Art.com.

Source: EE Cummings Art, Wikipedia

paintings: art paintings, portrait paintings and oil painting


  1. wow! what an inspiration (and comfort) to know he was so accomplished in both art forms, nice work!

    plus his birthday’s close to mine too ;-) just a bonus co-incidence thing ;-)

  2. Thanks Adan! :-)

  3. Thanks for the great Art!

  4. And yet cummings’ wrote “against the tide” (even William Carlos Williams seems only luke-warm-convinced of e.e.’s attainment in a 1959 review, when both poets were near the end of their lives). Apparently the audience for both men was a “relative” one and cummings experienced rejection as much as any ten year old kid on the ball field (as did Williams feel it). Through their isolation and determination (not unlike Marsden Hartley’s) their individual process changed writing for good. No small contribution to their writing was their work in paint, and their affinity for pigment and surface. Other writers found this well necessary too: Gertrude Stein, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, Elizabeth Bishop, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and on. And William Blake, of course. –My thanks to you for calling attention to the rough surface as much as the smooth one.

  5. M. Merritt says:

    E. E. Cummings was a true artist – in every sense of the word. He “lived” his art and his poetry – he didn’t simply “do” it. His innovative writing style was truly ground-breaking in Modern American Poetry and his verse, along with his paintings, often fail to receive enough recognition or credit these days.

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