Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Barbara Shermund: Asking Santa

Are you hoping to get something special this Christmas? In the January 1941 issue of Esquire, cartoonist Barbara Shermund demonstrates how the modern woman gets it done.
"Don't bother with anything but diamonds[.]"
Barbara Shermund
Esquire, January 1941, page 32

The reds, the greens, the whites, and the grays invoke New York in the Christmas season. The background is handled deftly and convincingly. The three main figures are of different heights, yet they are arranged in space so that their heads align at roughly the same level. But the real masterstroke of the composition is how the woman leaning over to address the sidewalk Santa Claus is really talking to her husband. You can see it all in how she pulls his arm.

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