Monday, April 2, 2012

André François: World Class Chess

André François's exceptional cover for The New Yorker recalls a time when the game of chess captured the attention of the world. For a brief period, world chess championships seemed to encapsulate all the intrigue the Cold War and garnered much news attention, particularly when a U.S. and Soviet player faced each other.

François's brilliant original art is sadly lost, but in this case not from the fire that destroyed his studio. After publication, the original artwork was purchased by a collector from the artist's U.S. representative John Locke, but apparently it was lost in the mail en route to its buyer.

André François, The New Yorker, June 24, 1974


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