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Obit: Al Hirschfeld

DonMeixner 20 Jan 03 - 09:31 PM
Genie 21 Jan 03 - 03:16 AM
Peter T. 21 Jan 03 - 08:51 AM
GUEST,Taliesn 21 Jan 03 - 09:02 AM
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Subject: Obit: Al Hirschfeld
From: DonMeixner
Date: 20 Jan 03 - 09:31 PM

In reading a comic collectors website thread board I have learned that Al Hirschfeld has passed away at 99. He was a wizard ar characiture and the flow of pen and ink. I pretty much grew up aware of Al Hirschfelds work. My Mom would sit with me infront of magazines in the Doctors offices where I seemed to live as a 5 and 6 year old trying to find all the "Ninas" drawn into his prictures of celebrities and other famous people.

Oh well, another proof of a passing age.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Al Hirschfeld
From: Genie
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 03:16 AM

What a master caricaturist he was!

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Subject: RE: Obit: Al Hirschfeld
From: Peter T.
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 08:51 AM

I was always surprised that he was still alive and drawing -- one of the true last links to the Broadway of the 30's. The only two great caricaturists still alive are David Levine and Ronald Searle.

yours, Peter T.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Al Hirschfeld
From: GUEST,Taliesn
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 09:02 AM

He was one of my icons and inspirations already when studying for my B.A. in Advertising design at NYIT.
I was also lucky enough to meet this master artist at a booksigning session at Olssson's in WashDC when his "life's work" anthology was published. It was close to the holidays and everyone that was giving the book as a gift ( including to themselves) was asking for a dedication to whatever name the book was going to. I took the road less traveled in thinking ahead toward what dedication would carry more intrinsic value-added when , if ever ,the time would come when I might sell it.
I imagined that a true diehard collector who would be far more interested in the "Al Hershfeld" than the "To John Q Public" dedication. So knowing I'd have only this one chance to "get it right" all i could think of for the dedication was " From One New Yorker to Another_ Al Hirshfeld". I kind of got a ense of how right i got it when the artist read what I wanted for the dedication and he
knowingly chuckled and signed with a knowing smile and flourish.
For those who would genuinely like to know just how much of a slice of New York this master artist was ,spanning over 70 years, go rent or buy the documnetary about him entitled "The Line King". I can only hope a retrospective of the entire body of his New York Times work is published as part of a DVD-ROM.

He truly was a master illustrator whose ingenious economy of line mastery was every bit as much his signature as his actual one. Glad I finally met someone I so admired.

For anyone interested in learning of

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