AL HIRSCHFELD 2015 fine art print / special edition of 12 / $215.00

"Al Hirschfeld redefined caricature and exemplified Broadway and Hollywood, enchanting generations with his mastery of line. His art appeared in every major publication during nine decades of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as on numerous book, record, and program covers; film posters and publicity art; and on fifteen U.S. postage stamps." – David Leopold, author of The Hirschfeld Century

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) is probably—even after his death—the world's most famous and celebrated caricaturist. He's better known today than many long-ago and forgotten New York stage celebs, whose only renown are their Hirschfeld portraits.

It's hard to imagine the 20th century without Hirschfeld's depictions of iconic Broadway and film stars, posters from A Night at the Opera to The Sunshine Boys, Ethel Merman, the Stage Deli, Sinatra, Judy Garland, Laurel & Hardy, and Chaplin. Thousands of illustrations—theater, film, TV, music, dance—covering show biz history from George Jessel and Fanny Brice to Seinfeld and Madonna. He was a renowned "master of line," but also a superb painter, as evidenced by his TV Guide covers.

Hirschfeld enjoyed an unprecedented 82-year career (his first work was published in 1920), and was still at the top of his game when he passed away five months shy of 100. He said he didn't look back, he didn't look ahead, he lived and worked for the moment. "I am down to a pencil, a pen, and a bottle of ink," he once said. "I hope one day to eliminate the pencil."

Searching for the name "Nina" woven into his work in every Sunday New York Times Arts section became a reader ritual. His art was perceptive, witty, elegant and fun, rarely going for the jugular. He once depicted Broadway producer David Merrick as a demonic Santa. How offended was Merrick? He bought the art and had it printed on Christmas cards.

He personally knew the Marx brothers, and rendered them countless times. He was working on a commission of the Marxes on the day he died. It was the only assignment deadline he ever missed, and no excuse was necessary.
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Only twelve (12) prints of AL HIRSCHFELD were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right by the artist, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold print numbers 1/12 thru 6/12, and are now offering print number 7/12, unframed, for $215 (plus shipping and handling). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

The image area is 15" high x 11" wide centered on an untrimmed 19" x 13" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.