Sunday, July 8, 2018

Donald Reilly: A Fish Story

Today's haul of original New Yorker art is by Donald Reilly. His cartoon from the December 21, 1992 issue of the magazine takes a popular maxim and gives it an unexpected turn. But a good cartoon has to be more than just clever wordplay. Fortunately Reilly has drawn for us a richly atmospheric setting in which to ponder the thoughtful words of the fisherman's father.

Donald Reilly
"My father had a saying: 'If you sell a man a fish, you'll make a good living;
if you teach a man to fish, you're stupid.' "

Original art
The New Yorker, December 21, 1992, page 94

Donald Reilly
"My father had a saying: 'If you sell a man a fish, you'll make a good living;
if you teach a man to fish, you're stupid.' "

Original art
The New Yorker, December 21, 1992, page 94


Donald Reilly
"My father had a saying:  'If you sell a man a fish, you'll make a good living;
if you teach a man to fish, you're stupid.' "

The New Yorker, December 21, 1992, page 94

Donald Reilly
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Donald Reilly
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Donald Reilly
"My father had a saying:  'If you sell a man a fish, you'll make a good living;
if you teach a man to fish, you're stupid.' "

The New Yorker, December 21, 1992, page 94


Donald Reilly"My father had a saying: 'If you sell a man a fish, you'll make a good living;
if you teach a man to fish, you're stupid.' "

Original art
The New Yorker, December 21, 1992, page 94


Cartoons by Donald Reilly and Peter Steiner




Note:  My father has a saying too: "Seek out inspiring images of original art by Donald Reilly and other New Yorker artists for the blog." He's a pretty shrewd guy, my dad.


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