The New Yorker magazine artist Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) was one of America’s most beloved artists. He is renowned for the covers and drawings that appeared on and in the magazine for nearly six decades and for the drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and sculptures exhibited internationally in galleries and museums.
Steinberg’s art cannot be confined to a single category or movement. He was a modernist without portfolio, constantly crossing boundaries into uncharted visual territory.
You’ve seen his work before, you just don’t it yet. (You’ll find out soon enough.) Here are some examples of his work…
Untitled 1941 – Ink on paper
Large Document 1951 – Ink, rubber stamp, and collage on paper
Graph paper architecture 1954 – Ink and collage on paper
Passport 1951 – Ink, thumbprints, rubber stamps, and collage on paper
I Do, I Have, I Am 1971 – Ink, marker pens, ballpoint pen, crayon, gouache, watercolor, and collage on paper
Cover drawing for The New Yorker, July 31, 1971
Untitled 1974 – Originally published in The New Yorker, July 22, 1974
Las Vegas 1985 – Colored pencil, ink, and pencil on paper
Paris 1984 – Crayon, graphite, pastel, and watercolor on paper
Probably his most famous piece, one that graces posters and prints in almost every New York souvenir store…
View from 9th Ave – Ink, pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper
Cover drawing for The New Yorker, March 29, 1976