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The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age

 
 
Author
Al Hirschfeld. David Leopold, text & ed.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.4 x 6.65 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781101874974
Pages/Publication Date 320/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59623
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In an extraordinary 82-year career, Al Hirschfeld redefined the standards of caricature as a portrait medium and vividly captured the mood and energy of some of our greatest Broadway and Hollywood entertainers with his enchanting, instantly recognizable ink cartoons. This "star-studded, anecdote-rich, critically clarifying, and thoroughly enlightening" book (Booklist, starred review) gathers more than 360 cartoons, illustrations, and photos, noting Hirschfeld's influences, his techniques, and his evolution from his earliest works to his last drawings. It features a biographical text by David Leopold, who worked side by side with the artist and has spent more than 20 years archiving and documenting his extraordinary output. Here, through Hirschfeld's pen, are Ethel Merman, Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Katharine Hepburn, the Marx Brothers, Barbra Streisand, Elia Kazan, Mick Jagger, Ella Fitzgerald, Laurence Olivier, Martha Graham, and many others, from productions like A Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Rent, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz (Hirschfeld drew five posters for the original release), Gone with the Wind, and The Sopranos. Here too are brilliant portraits of writers, politicians, and other notable figures, among them Ernest Hemingway (Hirschfeld's pal from 1920s Paris), Tom Wolfe, Charles de Gaulle, Nelson Mandela, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and every president from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.
 
 
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