Sunday, May 27, 2012

James Thurber's Destinations

The versatility of the cartoon art form allows it occasionally to deal with the big issues. We all know where we're ultimately headed, but with any luck we don't muse on it all the time. James Thurber's cartoon, published in The New Yorker in 1933, depicts us everyday folk rushing about town in our ignorance. Its message is as relevant today as when it was first published. Quo vadis?

This original artwork went for quite a lot, but I think the money was well-spent. I mean, you can't take it with you.

James Thurber, Destinations,
The New Yorker, May 13, 1933, p. 13

James Thurber, Destinations,
The New Yorker, May 13, 1933, p. 13

Note:  My most recent post about this artist can be found here. After this serious fare, how can you possibly resist a Thurber post with the title "The Spirit of Nudism?"


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