The Trouble With Labeling Art
Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) once said, "The life of the creative man is led, directed and controlled by boredom." (How's that for making lemonade of lemons?) Steinberg was a Romanian-born American artist, cartoonist, and illustrator, most well-known for his work that appeared in The New Yorker magazine.
A friend of Koloist and admirer of Steinberg's has a birthday coming up. One of his all-time favorite film credits was a simple, slow, left to right panning shot of a drawing by Saul Steinberg used in the Alfred Hitchcock classic: The Trouble With Harry. For the enjoyment of all those who appreciate talent and creativity (and with cheers to you, You-Know-Who-You-Are), here is a link to the clip of this film's ironic and provocative opening credits sequence: click here.
In a blog post about Steinberg's artwork for The Trouble With Harry, Lloyd Fonvielle offers interesting insight:
The delightful drawings behind the opening credits of Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 film "The Trouble With Harry" were done (uncredited) by famed New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg, riffing on images from the paintings of Paul Klee. Hitchcock was a collector of Klee's work, and may well have asked Steinberg to incorporate the homage.
Steve: So glad you mentioned this wonderful piece of filmed art, so that it could be shared with others and appreciated this way. And for sure, you should do a commemorative drawing for the birthday boy! I have it on good authority that he will love it.
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