Original lithograph on handmade paper 1941 12" x 9 1/4" Signed in the plate Rare limited edition of 1000 HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD was published by Hyperion Press in 1941. Text was written by William Saroyan. There were only 1000 copies of the oversized book published, each with 24 original lithographs, most depicting Harlem New York residents. This lithograph is titled PLASTERED. It comes from book number 748/1000.
The lithograph of an inebriated woman being carried away by a policeman is done in the extraordinary style of world-famous caricaturist Hirschfeld who was called the 'Line King'. The litho is affixed to the original full-page as taken from the book. The page measures 14 inches across by 18 inches high. The litho itself is 9 1/4 by 12 1/4 inches and is tipped in at left edge which has darkened from the adhesive.
The lithograph has been framed with a black mat in a simple glass clip frame that's ready to hang. It measures 16 by 20 inches. The HIRSCHFELD signature is at lower right. It's a very striking Harlem portrait, as only Hirschfeld could capture. A rare 1941 litho...in excellent condition.
BIO - Albert "Al" Hirschfeld (1903 – 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his simple black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. His drawings have appeared in The New York Times (weekly for decades), and also The New Yorker, Playbill, TV Guide, Town & Country, Playboy, Mirabella, People Magazine, New Masses, Collier's, Life, Time, Look, The Washingtonian, The Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Rolling Stone, Reader's Digest, Print, See, Talk, and many more newspapers, magazines, and periodicals. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and many other worldwide. The Martin Beck Theatre, which opened November 11, 1924 at 302 West 45th Street, was renamed to become the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on June 21, 2003.
During Hirschfeld's nearly eight-decade career, he became famous for illustrating the entire casts of many Broadway plays, which would appear to accompany reviews in The New York Times. Though this was Hirschfeld's best known field of interest he also drew politicians, TV stars, and celebrities of all kinds from Cole Porter and the Nordstrom Sisters to the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation...even hard rockers like Aerosmith became his subjects. In 2002, Al Hirschfeld was awarded the National Medal of Arts. He died in 2003, leaving behind an amazing and most unusual body of work.
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