Sunday, January 5, 2020

Ronald Searle: Dolce Vita

Ronald Searle took his lazy, hazy, crazy New Yorker cover of the summer of 1975 and made it into a lithograph that same year in an edition of 99. The strap required by the magazine along the left side of the cover had to be eliminated, of course, and the muted details of the tree that were behind the New Yorker logo were brought into sharper focus. The tree goes slightly higher here and the horizon line has been lowered to balance out the composition in the absence of the logo. Searle's linear style looks great in watercolor and it translates very well to lithography too. He gave the print the Felliniesque title Dolce Vita.
Ronald Searle
The New Yorker, June 30, 1975

Ronald Searle
Dolce Vita

Edition of 99, 1975

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