Friday, January 12, 2018

Richard Decker's Idea of a Self-Portrait

Cartoonist Richard Decker skirts the traditional idea of a self-portrait while showing us that his son Philip, age ten months, is already a budding art critic. This very antithesis of a self-portrait appeared in Life, circa 1934. There is even a Life cover design abandoned on the floor and the unframed canvas on the wall, quite possibly an earlier rendition of Philip.

Richard Decker, Life, c. 1934

Scan by Dick Buchanan

Richard Decker, Life, c. 1934

Scan by Dick Buchanan

Note:  My thanks to Dick Buchanan for providing Attempted Bloggery with these scans from the legendary Dick Buchanan Cartoon Clip Files. Dick regularly contributes to Mike Lynch Cartoons, most recently a post entitled, "From the Dick Buchanan Files: William Steig Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1965." What's not to like?

You don't hear too much about Richard Decker's work these days. Perhaps we can provide a remedy for this. Readers are encouraged to contribute scans or photos of original Decker art or of obscure published Decker cartoons.

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