Jess, If All the World Were Paper and All the Water Sink


Jess (Burgess Franklin Collins), If All the World Were Paper and All the Water Sink, 1962, oil on canvas, 96.5 x 142.2 cm (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) © estate of the artist


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See this painting at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Read more about Jess (Burgess Franklin Collins) from FAMSF

Read about the circle of poets, writers, and artists surrounding Jess

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Explore the 17th-century book that inspired the title of this painting

Cite this page as: Emma Acker at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Dr. Beth Harris, "Jess, If All the World Were Paper and All the Water Sink," in Smarthistory, March 22, 2019, accessed October 2, 2022, https://smarthistory.org/jess-all-the-world/.