This collection consists of two posters, each measuring approximately 25 x 37 inches and illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias, circa 1940. The first poster, entitled Art Forms of the Pacific Area, is a full-color map of the Pacific Rim with illustrations depicting examples of indigneous art from various countries. A second poster, Peoples of the Pacific, is a full-color map with illustrations of indigenous peoples from various countries on the Pacific Rim.
Biographical / Historical:
When the vogue for celebrity caricature was at its zenith in the 1920s and 1930s, Mexican-born artist Miguel Covarrubias ranked as one of the genre's most inventive and witty practitioners. Although he was only eighteen when he arrived in New York in 1923, Covarrubias quickly made connections among the leaders of the art world. A grouping of his distinctive and disarming caricatures debuted in Vanity Fair in January 1924 under the heading, "A Pungent Page of Character Studies from the Pen of a Newcomer." Covarrubias published a collection of sixty-six of his celebrity caricatures the following year in the humorously titled volume The Prince of Wales and Other Famous Americans, and from that moment his popularity grew exponentially. His caricatures remained a fixture in Vanity Fair and in numerous other venues until the mid-1930s, when a consuming interest in anthropological and ethnological studies eclipsed Covarrubias's commitment to the art of caricature.