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Al Hirschfeld, 21 Jun 1903 - 21 Jan 2003  Search this
Jule Styne, 31 Dec 1905 - 20 Sep 1994  Search this
Black ink with graphite pencil on paper
Sheet: 65.5 x 49.5cm (25 13/16 x 19 1/2")
Mat: 81.3 x 66cm (32 x 26")
Exhibition Label:
Composer Jule Styne, often teamed with lyricist Sammy Cahn, published 1,500 songs and produced endless hits for Tin Pan Alley, Frank Sinatra, and Broadway. His notable shows included Bells Are Ringing (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Funny Girl (1962). Al Hirschfeld's drawing of Styne accompanied John Corry's 1977 Broadway column in the New York Times. At the time, Styne was performing his own songs at the Rainbow Grill. He admitted enjoying the "ego trip" of his two shows a night: "You write a show and then you lose it," he explained. "It belongs to the guy conducting in the pit."
Al Hirschfeld drew Styne's arms and hands with his trademark abbreviated line, but other passages, including the spiraling dots of the cigarette ash, the curl of stray hairs, and the elegantly complex hatching of the glasses and shirtfront, reveal the artist's remarkable versatility.
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Caricature  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie  Search this
Cartoon  Search this
Jule Styne: Male  Search this
Jule Styne: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Jule Styne: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Al Hirschfeld. Art reproduced by special arrangement with Hirschfeld's exclusive representative, the Margo Feiden Galleries, Ltd., New York.
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