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Hirschfeld On Line


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ISBN 10: 1557833567 / ISBN 13: 9781557833563
Published by Applause, New York, 1999
Condition: fine Hardcover
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Profusely illustrated with black & white drawings and some photographs. 344 pages, 4to, decorative red boards with blue cloth spine, dust wrapper. New York: Applause, (1999). First edition. A fine copy in a fine dust wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 222777

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Title: Hirschfeld On Line

Publisher: Applause, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: hardcover

Illustrator: Hirschfeld, Al

Book Condition: fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First.

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(Applause Books). Over 400 Hirschfeld drawings and photographs many never before collected. Includes essays by Whoopi Goldberg, Arthur Miller, Mel Gussow, Kurt Vonnegut, Grace Mirabella, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld and more! Commentary by Hirschfeld throughout.


Al Hirschfeld is one of the greatest caricaturists ever to have put pen to paper, and this monumental retrospective is a testament to his genius. From '30s icons like actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine to the stars of Seinfeld, Hirschfeld's fluid line has limned some of the most enduring images of our favorite entertainers. The collection opens with a biographical essay by New York Times writer Mel Gussow that sketches the arc of Hirschfeld's career and the development of his reputation as a chronicler of American show business. Additional essays by Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, Whoopi Goldberg, and Hirschfeld's daughter Nina cast further light on the artist, but the bulk of the book is, of course, given over to his wonderful drawings. Hirschfeld has written that it is his aim to capture character, rather than caricature, and each of the hundreds of images reproduced here encapsulates its subject perfectly, without ever resorting to cruelty. After more than six decades, Hirschfeld has recorded the careers of generations of performers, and this collection further illuminates his work by including comments on each drawing by the artist himself, providing a delightful personal history of Broadway, Hollywood, and all points in between. --Simon Leake

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