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Sag Harbor

1969 Saul Steinberg Born: Ramnicul-Sarat, Romania 1914 Died: New York, New York 1999 watercolor and rubber stamp and ink on paper sheet: 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.99 Not currently on view


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Although Saul Steinberg is best known as the New Yorker cartoonist whose fanciful people and animals captured the masquerades of modern life, he was also concerned with the impact of development of the land. Sag Harbor, named for a town on Long Island, offers two conflicting views. Five small images (Steinberg called them “Postcards”) of an empty plain contrast with a larger view of a built environment that bears no traces of nature. Between them is a handwritten script that presumably clarifies the message. But the ever-witty Steinberg confounds the explanation. The script as well as the “signature” and official-looking stamp are indecipherable.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

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Figure(s) in exterior

Landscape - New York - Sag Harbor

drawing

ink

paint - watercolor

paper - wove paper - strathmore

About Saul Steinberg

Born: Ramnicul-Sarat, Romania 1914 Died: New York, New York 1999

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