Monday, January 23, 2012

Steinberg's Side of the Tracks

In September, Sotheby's sold this 1952 drawing by Saul Steinberg of  a railway station that appeared in his book The Passport (1954). The book is inspired by many of the official documents Steinberg required for his long journey from war-torn Romania to the U.S. The drawing sold for $13,750 including buyer's premium, within its estimate. Steinberg, who received some architectural training, made fascinating drawings of all sorts of public buildings throughout his career, rendering them as fanciful yet recognizable.

Saul Steinberg, Railway, 1952

March 31, 2014 Update:  This work is currently offered by Adam Baumgold Gallery.

Note:  My previous post on Saul Steinberg can be found here.  It shows some of Steinberg's figurative work.



  1. That's exquisite. Its simple beauty brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for all the beautiful art you share with us. Now I have yet another book to add to my wish list.


  2. You're welcome, Leo. I'm glad you were moved by the artwork. All of Steinberg's books are remarkable. Thank you for all your encouragement.