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Gertrude and George

Gertrude and George
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Richard Merkin, born New York City 1938-died Croton-on-Hudson, NY 2009
pastel on paper
sheet: 27 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (70.5 x 100.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
© 1979, Richard Merkin
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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
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