Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Inspiration Series: Al Hirschfeld

The "All Together Now" Beatles Tribute Show will exhibit the work of the latest generation of incredible artists.  Let's take a moment to savor the work of a legend.  Al Hirschfeld was one of the most prolific and influential artists of his generation.  He was a master of caricature, and infused his drawings with wonderful personality and appeal.  His work has found its way into some of the most prestigious art collections in the county, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian.  When his daughter Nina was born in 1945, he began what he called the "harmless insanity" of including her name at least once in every drawing he created.  Fans of Hirschfeld's work can often be found staring at single pieces of his art for prolonged periods, just trying to spot the number of "Nina's" that may be hidden.

Mr. Hirschfeld graced us Beatles fans with many wonderful likenesses of the band and its members over the years.  Here is a sampling: