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AL HIRSCHFELD Liza Minnelli: Minelli on Minelli 1999, Lithograph on Arches cover paper, signed & numbered (unframed)

Al Hirschfeld
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Albert "Al" Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his simple black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. A self described “characterist,” his signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication of the last nine decades (including a 75-year relationship with The New York Times) as well as numerous book and record covers and 15 US postage stamps. As the New York Times introduced color into its pages, it frequently asked Hirschfeld to supply paintings rather than drawings. Although he has drawn Liza Minnelli nearly twenty times in the last thirty-five years, in limited edition hand signed and numbered color lithograph, based on the painting,  he creates a timeless, riveting summation of her style, evoking the lively, colorful caricatures of jazz greats he  created for Seventeen magazine in the 1940s. Hirschfeld's work is represented in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery – Smithsonian Institution, and Harvard’s Theater Collection. He drew numerous public figures, including George Harrison, J.F. Kennedy Jr., and Madonna. Hirschfeld authored several books including Manhattan Oases and Show Business is No Business in addition to 10 collections of his work. He was declared a Living Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Commission in 1996 and a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. The winner of two special Tony Awards for theatrical cartoons, he was given the ultimate Broadway accolade on what would have been his 100th birthday in June 2003. The Martin Beck Theater was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theater.

 SIGNATURE

Signed and numbered in graphite pencil on the recto (front). 

 EXHIBITION HISTORY

Al Hirschfeld, Beyond Broadway, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (another edition)

 

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Albert "Al" Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his simple black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. A self described “characterist,” his signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication of the last nine decades (including a 75-year relationship with The New York Times) as well as numerous book and record covers and 15 US postage stamps. As the New York Times introduced color into its pages, it frequently asked Hirschfeld to supply paintings rather than drawings. Although he has drawn Liza Minnelli nearly twenty times in the last thirty-five years, in limited edition hand signed and numbered color lithograph, based on the painting,  he creates a timeless, riveting summation of her style, evoking the lively, colorful caricatures of jazz greats he  created for Seventeen magazine in the 1940s. Hirschfeld's work is represented in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery – Smithsonian Institution, and Harvard’s Theater Collection. He drew numerous public figures, including George Harrison, J.F. Kennedy Jr., and Madonna. Hirschfeld authored several books including Manhattan Oases and Show Business is No Business in addition to 10 collections of his work. He was declared a Living Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Commission in 1996 and a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. The winner of two special Tony Awards for theatrical cartoons, he was given the ultimate Broadway accolade on what would have been his 100th birthday in June 2003. The Martin Beck Theater was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theater.

 SIGNATURE

Signed and numbered in graphite pencil on the recto (front). 

 EXHIBITION HISTORY

Al Hirschfeld, Beyond Broadway, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (another edition)

 

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Weight: 1.00 LBS
Width: 21.00
Height: 26.00
Shipping: $60.00 (Fixed Shipping Cost)