Skip to main content

As a public health precaution, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14 until further notice. Please continue to check back frequently at npg.si.edu or si.edu for updates. In the meantime, please explore our website, resource materials and online exhibitions. 

Gertrude and George

Gertrude and George
Usage Conditions Apply
Artist
Richard Merkin, born New York City 1938-died Croton-on-Hudson, NY 2009
Date
1979
Type
Drawing
Medium
pastel on paper
Dimensions
sheet: 27 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (70.5 x 100.0 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Copyright
© 1979, Richard Merkin
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
1985.30.45
Exhibition Label
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
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
See more items in
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Graphic Arts