This installment of the Vault features one of my all time favorites: Miguel Covarrubias--caricaturist, illustrator, muralist, theatre set designer, author and ethnographer.
In the 1920’s and 30’s he was a major contributor of caricatures to New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Fortune and Time . He traveled the world over and wrote studies of the art and culture of Mexico, Central America, Alaska and Bali. He painted murals for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco and designed the sets for Josephine Baker’s La Revue Negre in Paris. It’s hard to believe he accomplished so much in just 53 short years. He died in 1957.
Here is a feature on Covarrubias by renowned illustrator Henry C.Pitz from the January 1948 edition of American Artist magazine. (For easier reading click on images to enlarge).
One of Covarrubias' books:
And some more of his lovely line work.