Saturday, January 11, 2014

Figure Skating: Paul Degen Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

How does an illustrator go about capturing the motion of a twirling figure skater? Paul Degen's highly-stylized answer may be seen here. This was submitted to the New Yorker as a cover proposal, or so we are told, but was not accepted.

Paul Degen, Proposed New Yorker cover art

Paul Degen, Proposed New Yorker cover art

May 4, 2014 Update:  Paul Degen's proposed New Yorker cover echoes an earlier 1954 cover for the magazine by Abe Birnbaum. It is very unlikely he would have been aware of this.

Abe Birnbaum, The New Yorker, January 30, 1954

January 15, 2017 Upadte:  The offering price remains 350 G.B.P., which means the price is discounted about $130 since 2014.
eBay Listing as of January 15, 2017

Note:  Another blog post about Paul Degen may be seen here.


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