Saul Steinberg: A Writer Who Draws

Saul Steinberg: A Writer Who Draws

Saul Steinberg (June 15, 1914 – May 12, 1999) was a Romanian American cartoonist and illustrator, best known for his work for The New Yorker, most notably View of the World from 9th Avenue. He described himself as "a writer who draws", a phrase that gives the title to this exhibition.

The Norton Museum recently received from The Saul Steinberg Foundation a generous gift of 22 drawings and one print, the first works by the artist to enter the Museum's collection. They span Steinberg's career and as a group provide a small retrospective. Famed for his work at The New Yorker, Steinberg was nevertheless a singularly gifted artist with a sharp eye for the incongruous, which he recorded with sympathy and wit.

If you are curious and want more details about this artist's career, you can visit the web page of the Saul Steinberg Foundation here, and beautiful examples of his works here.

Steinberg moved continuously across disciplines and worked for all kind of artistic fields, creating from wallpapers and fabrics to public murals, stage sets, and advertisements. always looking into evolving style or approach, he continued to move across other specialties throughout his long and prolific career, with his collages, prints, paintings, and sculptures. Saul Steinberg was most famous for his New Yorker illustrations and cartoons, but he also made paintings, photographs, collages, and sculptures. His style is characterized by a very descriptive linework, always with cultural references, and criticism on the absurdities of city life.

Early in his career, the artist worked in the advertisement industry, publishing in  magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Fortune, and Time. Steinberg’s work has been exhibited in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen. His work belongs in the most important museums and collections in the world.