Tuesday, December 14, 2010

31 Days Of Santa: 14th Day- Al Hirschfeld

Broadway, Celebrities, New York, New York- Al Hirschfeld caricatured the glitz, the glamour, the beautiful, the outrageous... the unique species that is pop icon. With seemingly only a few perfectly placed strokes, he created life, and made still pictures move- and express. His simple, animated style somehow, (and it made me realize first-hand while trying to emulate him), became the essential manifestation of the personas he went for.

Aside from a stay in Europe for a few years, he lived in New York his entire life. Broadway posters, programs, magazine covers.

He wrote the name of his only daughter somewhere in EVERY caricature he created- Nina. From the videos I've seen of him, he was a genuine personality, someone you all would want in your life just to make it all more clear. The state of New York should've ammended legislation just to keep his 99 year old body away from any gas pedal, tho. Just saying.

PS- if you don't think my Santa is a caricature of someone, well... some people just don't know Santa like I do. Or just go and google images of David Thewlis or something.


  1. Hmm, if you were delivering the prize personaly while BARE, I would realy have to try and win!! I know half the answer to the question...not sure about the second person, darn!

    Oh, and I found your "Nina"!

  2. nice! I was like, "Thar NINA better be in there."

  3. OF COURSE there would be ;) Plus I don't have a daughter of my own, so it's not like I could substitute.