We’re used to seeing the final drafts of famous artworks, the versions that the artists have deemed worthy to share with the public. But what about the rough notes and sketches that aren’t always displayed in a museum? For our inaugural Sketchbook Saturday post we’re taking a look inside three notebooks from some of our favourite artists.

Claude Monet

The Musée Marmotten Monet in Paris has an amazing digital collection of Claude Monet’s sketchbooks, including this sketch of Michel Monet reading:

From: PubHist.com

Enrico Donati

Displayed in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Drawings is what the museum refers to as “the Ultimate Surrealist Sketchbook,” a book donated by Enrico Donati’s wife containing many of his sketches:

From: MoMA Online

John Constable

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the place to go if you’re looking for John Constable sketches. Their online archive is so complete, in fact, that they even display the cover of his personal sketchbook along with the pages in between:

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From: Travels with a Sketchbook

What’s in your sketchbook? Show us on Instagram or Twitter and you could be featured as part of our Peek Inside series!

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