Art Art &Illustration 05 Jan 2008 09:31 am

More on Steig at the Jewish Museum

- After my post last Sunday about the William Steig exhibit at the Jewish Museum, I was contacted by them to ask if I wanted images of art from the show for my blog, and of course I jumped at the chance.

They sent quite a bit of material as well as the captions that go with the art, and this gives me a good excuse to post more of Steig’s art. Because these images are photos (not scans) of the original art, they show the texture of the paper and the edges including some Steig’s writing, so I feel like there’s a good reason to post it. (The photos of the art, by the way, are all by Richard Goodbody.)_________Photo of Steig circa 1930′s.

I’ll probably display these image in a couple of posts so you can see a good sampling of this man’s work. I don’t have to say that I am a fan; I think by now it’s obvious.

You might want to check out the book, The Art of William Steig, which is a catalogue of the show. It’s available through the Museum as well as through other resources.

Ann Scher left a comment on my last post that the Steig exhibition is on view at The Jewish Museum in NYC until March 16, 2008. It will then travel to San Francisco, to be shown at The Contemporary Jewish Museum from June 8 – September 7, 2008.
If you have the time take a visit.

Here’s some of the earlier work that this artist did.

What a Woman!
preliminary drawing for The Rejected Lovers (1951)
pen and ink on paper
© 1951 William Steig, renewed 1979, 2007


In the Nick of Time
from “Dreams of Glory” series, published in The New Yorker, May 26, 1951
pen and ink and wash on paper.
© 1951 William Steig, renewed 1979, 2007


“Are we early?”
Delivered to Look magazine, May 17, 1956
pen and ink and wash on paper
© 1956 William Steig, renewed 1984

___________Big Sister_________________________________Wiseguy
from “Small Fry: Park Playground” series______from “Small Fry: Snow” series
published in The New Yorker, April 18, 1953__._published in “Dreams of Glory and Other
pen and ink and wash on paper_____________Drawings” (1953)
© 1953 William Steig, renewed 1981 ____.____pen and ink and wash on paper
________________________________.______© 1953 William Steig, renewed 1981


“What did I do?”
published in The New Yorker, June 30, 1962, pen and ink and wash on paper
© 1962 William Steig, renewed 1990


“I got my first haircut at Ditchick’s Barbershop”
final illustration for When Everybody Wore a Hat (2003)
pen and ink and watercolor on paper
original version, in pen and ink and wash, c. 1959
© 2003 William Steig

3 Responses to “More on Steig at the Jewish Museum”

  1. on 05 Jan 2008 at 1:30 pm 1.Will Finn said …

    These are pretty sweet to wake up to. Nice scans and a cool selection. I just now see a kind of parallel to Jules Fieffer in Steig’s work. Do you know if they knew each other?
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. on 05 Jan 2008 at 6:24 pm 2.Eddie Fitzgerald said …

    Awesome drawings! Steig was a genius!

  3. on 14 Dec 2009 at 2:27 pm 3.Tim Wyatt said …

    Great post!!

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