Thursday, June 28, 2018

An Al Kaufman Self-Portrait

Who can blame New Yorker cartoonist Al Kaufman for choosing to depict himself with his family on his mind? In addition to the more surreal aspects of this cartoon, the eyeballs have been drawn as twin smiling faces. This unusual self-portrait bears printer's markings and came out of a Princeton estate. It was sold last year on eBay.

Al Kaufman
Self-Portrait


Detail


Al Kaufman
eBay Listing Ended October 31, 2017

Al Kaufman
eBay Item Description




The illustration is featured—and explained—in Ink Spill's capsule biography of the artist:
Al Kaufman's capsule biography on Ink Spill
The New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z




What do you know? The new owner announced his acquisition on Twitter:
Al Kaufman tweet




Al Kaufman
Self-Portrait


Note:  Alas, I did not look up the eBay auctions of the other seven self-portraits by New Yorker cartoonists from the same estate. Does anyone by chance have pictures of these?

I would also like to hear from anyone who can identify where this drawing was originally published.

Readers are referred to the post "Al Kaufman Photos Surface" from December 3, 2013 on Ink Spill for more about this artist.

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