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Saul Steinberg, 1914–1999

Sam’s Art1966

n Saul Steinberg’s lithograph ‘Sam’s Art’, Abraham Lincoln, in stove-pipe hat, poses as the artist in front of his canvas. While his attention looks fixed on rendering the slightly wobbly pyramid with an eye, the Masonic motif from the back of the one dollar bill, the line from his brush has floated off the canvas to become a cubist-futurist cloud in the sky. The American Eagle looks on, perched on a civil war cannon. The absurdity is reinforced by the pseudo-calligraphy surrounding this tableau.
‘Sam’s Art’ is one of ten prints which make up the New York International Portfolio. Published in an edition of 250 by Tanglewood Press in 1966, this was a ground-breaking print portfolio which quickly became a model for printing practice and was especially influential in the marketing of prints. Originally acquired by Senator Gordon Lambert this portfolio, number 111 in the edition, was donated to IMMA in 1992.

Dimensions 43 x 55.7 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.388 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Saul Steinberg, Sam’s Art, 1966, Lithograph, 43 x 55.7 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Saul Steinberg 1914–1999

Romanian cartoonist and artist Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) studied architecture in Italy before moving to America in 1941. A prolific artist, he is best known for his pen and ink drawings created for ‘Life’ magazine, ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ and ‘The New Yorker’. Steinberg also painted, sculpted and made collages and exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Retrospectives of his work were held at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern.
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