Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Black Sheep: Peter Arno Original New Yorker Cover Art

The new biography of Peter Arno notes that in the year 1935 the cartoonist published only one New Yorker cover.

The cover—of a new family of Dalmations, the mother sheepishly looking at the father who is eyeing one puppy that is black with white spots—was a quiet link between the old Arno style and what would become the new. James Geraghty had said that "backgrounds bored [Arno]" and here, Arno completely dispenses with the background, leaving the dogs isolated in a sea of red.
—Michael Maslin
Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest CartoonistNew York: Regan Arts, 2016, p. 107

Whether or not Arno was bored by backgrounds, the simplicity of this cover illustration is disarmingly effective. The original red background may have faded a bit over the years.
Peter Arno, Original art, The New Yorker, March 23, 1935

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Peter Arno, The New Yorker, March 23, 1935

Peter Arno, Original art, The New Yorker, March 23, 1935

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