The Art of William Steig

by Nahson, Claudia J.

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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 741.56973 N14
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The definitive work on the career of the beloved New Yorker cartoonist and children's book illustrator

Known for his brilliant cartoons and award-winning children's books, William Steig (1907-2003) leaves a legacy that spans much of the twentieth century. This lavishly illustrated book features over 280 of Steig's drawings, many of them previously unpublished, and examines every aspect of his work, from the "Small Fry" cartoons--his earliest submissions to the New Yorker-- and haunting symbolic drawings of the late 1930s and 1940s, to his later, bitingly funny cartoons and celebrated books for children. In the seventy-three years that Steig worked for the New Yorker , the magazine published over 120 of his covers and more than 1,600 of his drawings in a wide range of styles, including classic cartoons, psychologically fraught pen-and-ink renderings, and Picasso-esque representations. He brought a new voice to the magazine by creating cartoons that drew on his experience as a son of immigrant Eastern European Jews. In his sixties, Steig embarked on a second career as a writer and illustrator of children's books, including Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Shrek! These remarkable projects bring together numerous key elements of Steig's work: his evocative use of reverie, his interest in cranks and complainers, and his belief in the redeeming power of love, nature, and art. The story of Steig's work is told by Claudia J. Nahson and the cartoonist's fellow artists and writers, and his family members. Together they create a portrait of a penetrating social observer with a restless imagination and a love for his craft.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "William Steig (1907-2003) was a one-of-a-kind cartoonist, artist, children?s book writer and larger-than-life personality; as his wife Jeanne puts it, "He was not, as he was moved to say of those who puzzled him, like the other boys and girls." Hailed as the "King of Cartoons" in a 1995 Newsweek article, his 70-plus-year career included over 1600 illustrations and 120 covers for the The New Yorker, 18 books of drawings and 31 children?s books (including Shrek! and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble). Steig?s jittery, energetic, highly influential style draws from his bustling New York City childhood as the son of hard-working Eastern European Jewish immigrants; in her introduction, curator Nahson characterizes his cartoon cast of "curmdgeons, cranks, and complainers.... [as] a rich source of humor, but... also crucial to one of his central insights-there is much to be dissatisfied with in the word." With more than 280 of his haphazard, wonderfully emotive illustrations, readers will find a reason to smile (if not laugh out loud) on every page. Alongside reminiscences from colleagues, friends and family, this companion to The Jewish Museum exhibit is a delight for devotees of The New Yorker, children?s book illustration and cartooning. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Steig, William, -- 1907-2003 -- Exhibitions.
American wit and humor, Pictorial -- Exhibitions.
Illustrated children's books -- United States -- Exhibitions.
Publisher New York : New Haven :Jewish Museum ;2007
Yale University Press,
Contributors Cottingham, Robert, 1935-
Steig, William, 1907-2003.
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)
Language English
Notes Catalog of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum, Nov. 4, 2007-Mar. 16, 2008.
Description xi, 196 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 176-184) and index.
ISBN 9780300124781 (cloth : alk. paper)
0300124783 (cloth : alk. paper)
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