Monday, March 7, 2016

Bernie Sanders Caricature by Edward Sorel

Edward Sorel's caricature of Bernie Sanders illustrated Margaret Talbot's article "The Populist Prophet" in the New Yorker issue of October 12, 2015. The drawing of the Democratic Presidential candidate came up for auction so soon after publication that one assumes the seller is the artist and that he's hoping to cash in on Mr. Sanders's current high name recognition. Should Sanders not become the Democratic Party's Presidential nominee, this drawing might become less desirable to collectors. Of course, should Sanders become our next President, the artwork will become more valuable indeed. Sorel's illustration very specifically references Christ Driving the Money Changers Out of the Temple, a circa 1618 oil on canvas by Valentin de Boulogne painted in a style reminiscent of Caravaggio.

Edward Sorel, Original artwork, "The Populist Prophet"
The New Yorker, October 12, 2015, page 65

Swann Auction Galleries, January 28, 2016

Valentin de Boulogne, Christ Driving the Money Changers out of the Temple, c. 1618
Oil on canvas, 195 x 260 cm

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome
Edward Sorel, Illustration for "The Populist Prophet"
The New Yorker, October 12, 2015, pages 64-65

Note:  Prior to the auction at Swann, Rebecca Rego Barry wrote about this piece in Fine Books & Collections. Keep up the good work, Rebecca!

The blog archives mention Edward Sorel a couple of times in the context of the New Yorker.

This is Bernie Sanders's first appearance on this blog. I do have earlier blog posts on candidates
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Consult the archives for more on the art of caricature.


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