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Gertrude and George

1979 Richard Merkin Born: New York, New York 1938 Died: Croton-on-Hudson, New York 2009 pastel on paper sheet: 27 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (70.5 x 100.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation © 1979, Richard Merkin 1985.30.45 Not currently on view


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Richard Merkin was a quintessential New Yorker whose paintings and illustrations celebrated America of the 1920s and 1930s. A socialite and self-proclaimed dandy, Merkin did almost three hundred illustrations for The New Yorker. He contributed to Harper’s and the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and from 1988 to 1991, he wrote a monthly column called “Merkin on Style” for Gentlemen’s Quarterly. The ineffable wit that kept him in demand as an illustrator emerges in Gertrude and George, in which a cat smoking a cigarette smiles from his perch beside a cocktail glass.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Keywords

Animal - cat

Fantasy

Figure group - male

Landscape - celestial - moon

Landscape - time - night

drawing

crayon - pastel

paper - wove paper

About Richard Merkin

Born: New York, New York 1938 Died: Croton-on-Hudson, New York 2009

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