Saturday, January 18, 2014

Great Cartoons of the World VII, part 3

Now more as I continue to go through the 1972 book Great Cartoons of the World, Series 7...

But first, here's some of what editor John Bailey says in the foreword:

Whenever there was a new showing of Picasso's work, Saidenberg, who was Picasso's agent, was pestered by gallery-goers who wanted to know what Picasso was really like. There is a great curiosity about anything created. “Who did it?” people say. “What is he like?” Then: “What is he really like?”*

Everyone is aware that a trembly milquetoast of a tiny little man not infrequently produces frighteningly sadistic and overpowering work, and that a brute with low instincts sometimes creates a lovely, ethereal work of art. There are no rules, and often there is an apparent contradiction.

The title of these cartoons by based on the theme of books from John Glashan is a play on the novelty song ”La Plume De Ma Tante”.
And this is by Jean-Jacques Sempé
Hans Moser
William Steig for New Yorker
Edward Koren, also for The New Yorker. The editor writes of him in the foreword:

On seeing Koren's extraordinary animal drawings, one could be excused for imagining them to have been done by a very elderly gentleman with the palsy, sitting in a cold-water flat somewhere, surrounded by strange boxes of strange stuff, from hundreds of years ago. But one meets a stylish, contemporary figure.
*I'd also add to the FAQs: “Were you on drugs when you did that?”

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