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Ruth: Chapter xiii / Lalou, Frank., 1999

Identifier: CC-32066-33601

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Scope and Contents

This calligraphic book on Fabiano papers was commissioned by Marvin Sackner for Ruth as a 63rd birthday present. It recounts the Biblical love story of Ruth, her mother-in-law Naomi and her son Boaz, and Naomi's instructions to Ruth on how to court Boaz. Lalou wrote the story English using black ink lettering at the bottom of nine pages. These pages and four additional pages without Biblical text are decorated with calligraphic renderings of the Hebrew names Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. Other pages are rendered with drawings of alephs, Hebrew letters, stripes of inked lines, and text from the Book of Ruth in English and Hebrew. The final page is dramatically rendered in black Hebrew text and abstract bands of blue, red, orange and yellow colors. -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1999



0 See container summary (20 drawings (handwriting, ink, ink colored, gold leaf, watercolor) + 2 pages (ink, ink colored, perforated) + disc (paper, ink, ribbon) in folder (paper, ink, gouache, handwriting)) ; 40 x 30 x 3 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

master bedroom

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: Nice, France : [Publisher not identified]. Signed by: Lalou (l.r.- colophon). Inscription: that every letter be a deep breathing...Tout le plaisir d'une rencontre. Nationality of creator: French. General: About 1 total copies. General: Added by: RED; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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