Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Dapper Gents Of Al Hirschfeld's World

I've known Al Hirschfeld's work for many years as the illustrator for the The New York Times (mostly having covered the theatre).  I just recently rediscovered his work and was struck by how he captured the style of the men he illustrated.  Here are a few favorite images.  By the way, did you know that Hirschfeld frequently hid his daughter's name (Nina) in his drawings and that a number next to his signature indicates the number of "Ninas" in that particular drawing?

Cafe Crown (Yiddish Theatre) 1942

Danny Kaye 1953

Odets Plays 1939

Nathanael West

Guys And Dolls 1950

Eugene O'Neill 1974

Sweet Bye And Bye (creative team) 1946

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1930

Christopher Plummer 1997

The Entertainer (Laurence Olivier) 1958

images from Hirschfeld On Line.

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