Miguel Covarrubias: Caricatures. Beverly J. Cox, Denna Jones Anderson, Al Hirschfeld, Bernard F. Reilly Jr, contrib.
Miguel Covarrubias: Caricatures

Miguel Covarrubias: Caricatures

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ISBN: 0874743400

Washington, D.C.: National Portrait Gallery, 1985. First Edition. Quarto (29x22x1.5cm); 164pp with chronology, bibliography, and index. Caricature of theater-lobby throng on dust jacket cover against metallicized silver ground. Volume in off-white cloth, with black stamping on spine and front panel. Exactly 100 images in color and B&W of works exhibited and documentary additions. Publisher's "Complimentary Copy" slip laid in.

Jacket shows some barely detectable shelving crimps at edges. Volume clean, bright, and unmarred; textblock unmarred and unmarked.

Covarrubias (1904-1957)—Mexican painter, illustrator, caricaturist, art historian, and, remarkably, co-discoverer of the Olmec culture—poked at the American social scene in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, often by depicting social and intellectual VIPs in pairs, called "Impossible Interviews." His most famous image is probably that of Freud and Jean Harlow interacting. Or, rather, not.

He certainly knew how to Olmecize the glitterati in his stylized caricatures, increasing the gayety of the world for readers of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. This volume is the catalog of the retrospective of his work at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery 16 November 1984 to 13 January 1985.

Price: $125.00