AL HIRSCHFELD WAS KNOWN AS THE LINE KING BECAUSE
HE HAD THE ABILITY TO COMPRESS INTO A FEW SLASHING LINES THE QUINTESSENCE
OF HIS SUBJECT. FOR
HIM SIMPLICITY WAS THE HALLMARK OF BEAUTY AND HE TRANSFORMED CARICATURE INTO A
NOBLE CRAFT THAT DELIGHTS OUR EYES AND MAKES US SMILE. FOR OVER 75 YEARS HIS
FANS ENJOYED HIS DRAWINGS IN THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Albert Hirschfeld (1903-2003) Hand-Signed Vintage 1986 Limited Edition Etching On Arches Paper: Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Woman of the Year, "HIRSCHFELD", lower right, "163/750", lower left, both in pencil, with the rare “ES” logo embossed in lower right edge, paper size 22 1/4 x 18 1/4, hand-pulled in 1986. This work depicts Hepburn and Tracey in the 1942 film, Woman of the Year, an American romantic comedy-drama film, the first of nine films Hepburn and Tracy made together. They met for the first time on the shoot. It was during the filming that Hepburn and Tracy became romantically involve – a relationship that lasted until Tracy’s death in 1967, and has been wonderfully illustrated in this etching by Al Hirschfeld, the American caricaturist, best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. He started young and continued drawing to the end of his life, thus chronicling nearly all the major entertainment figures of the 20th century. His art style is unique, and he is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary caricature having influenced countless cartoonists. Hirschfeld's caricatures are almost always drawings of pure line with simple black ink on white paper with little to no shading or crosshatching. His drawings always manage to capture a likeness using the minimum number of lines. Hirschfeld started young and continued drawing to the end of his life, thus chronicling nearly all the major entertainment figures of the 20th century. Al Hirschfeld's fine art has been exhibited in major museums around the world and can be found in some of the most prestigious public and private collections worldwide. Please note this is an original 1986, hand-signed etching and is currently being offered on the publisher’s websites at $7500. This etching was produced, with the highest quality, by George J. Goodstadt Fine Art Publishers. They have earned a reputation in the art world for professionalism and a degree of excellence in lithographic printmaking. They commissioned Pen and Ink drawings and published many Limited Edition Lithographs and Etchings of Al Hirschfeld’s work from 1975 until 2002 and are offered exclusively by them. Each etching in the edition was hand-pulled on heavy 100% acid free Arches paper and is hand-signed by Al Hirschfeld. This wonderful vintage, hand-signed, numbered and embossed with the Master Printer’s “ES” (Emilano Sorini) logo, Hirschfeld etching remains bright and fresh, with a minor crinkle on left edge.