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Lot 4: Peter Arno (1904 - 1968) American

Est: $1,000 USD - $1,500 USDSold:
Coral Gables AuctionAugust 14, 2022Coral Gables, FL, US

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Peter Arno (1904 - 1968) American
Watercolor on Paper
Measure 15 1/4"in H x 13"in W and 23 1/2"in H x 21 1/4"in W with frame

Known for: Magazine cartoons
Biography: Born January 8, 1904 as Curtis Arnoux Peters, Jr., Peter Arno was best known for his satirical cartoons of New York cafe society, which appeared for many years in The New Yorker magazine. He was about to abandon his ambition to be an artist for a musical career when he received a check for a drawing that he submitted to a new humor magazine, The New Yorker, that had debuted February 21, 1925. With the publication of that spot illustration on June 20, 1925, Arno began a 43-year association with editor Harold Ross's weekly magazine. Arno can be credited with having helped develop the publication's tradition of sophisticated humor. Although he may not have invented the single-speaker-captioned cartoon, he surely perfected it. In the mid-1930s cartoons and comic strips also briefly dominated advertising. The work of Peter Arno, appeared not only in the New Yorker, but also in advertisements and anthologies in the 1930s, and had broad influence on other artists. A condensation of reality, both truthful and emotional, though the use of strong imagery, was what most print makers of his day strove to achieve. The New York Public Library held an exhibit of celebrity caricatures from the Golden Age of this satiric art. Focusing on caricatures of the 1920s through the 1950s, the library show was titled "Celebrity Caricature in America". It offered more than 200 works by most of the top caricature artists of the era Peter Arno, Ralph Barton, Al Frueh, Miguel Covarrubias, Will Cotton, William Auerback-Levy, Peggy Bacon, Marius de Zayas, Paolo Garretto, and Al Hirschfeld. Among the highlights were Rea Irwin's caricature of New Yorker editor Harold Ross in the dandy's costume of Eustace Tilley, subject of an annual magazine cover, peering through his lorgnette at a bug in the form of critic Alexander Woollcott; Peter Arno's caricature portrait of flapper cartoonist John Held Jr., and a profile by Peggy Bacon of writer Dorothy Parker looking as though she had a serious hangover. Other cartoonists remember how Peter Arno used to work: "His drawings always looked like very casually inked work, with wash drawings and bold brush strokes. And reportedly he would draw dozens, hundreds, of the same cartoon. He didn't pencil either. But he drew with a brush-like painting. He'd whip one out and not like it and start over just keep doing it over and over until he got it right other cartoonists do that, too, in order to get that feeling of spontaneity in the drawing, they do the same drawing six or seven, eight times. Peter Arno died on the 22nd of February 1968.

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Auction Details

Fine & Decorative Arts Online Auction #032

Coral Gables Auction
August 14, 2022, 01:00 PM EST

2377 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL, 33145, US


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