Gertrude and George

Media - 1985.30.45 - SAAM-1985.30.45_1 - 72627
Copied Richard Merkin, Gertrude and George, 1979, pastel on paper, sheet: 27 3439 38 in. (70.5100.0 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1985.30.45, © 1979, Richard Merkin

Artwork Details

Title
Gertrude and George
Date
1979
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 27 3439 38 in. (70.5100.0 cm)
Markings
upper left in pastel: Merkin (underlined) backing verso lower left in ink: Bark Frameworks, Inc., 85 Grand St. New York, N.Y. 10013
Copyright
© 1979, Richard Merkin
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums
Mediums Description
pastel on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Group
  • Figure group — male
  • Animal — cat
  • Landscape — celestial — moon
  • Landscape — time — night
  • Fantasy
Object Number
1985.30.45

Artwork Description

Richard Merkin was a quintessential New Yorker whose paintings and illustrations celebrated America of the 1920s and 1930s. A socialite and self-proclaimed dandy, Merkin did almost three hundred illustrations for The New Yorker. He contributed to Harper’s and the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and from 1988 to 1991, he wrote a monthly column called “Merkin on Style” for Gentlemen’s Quarterly. The ineffable wit that kept him in demand as an illustrator emerges in Gertrude and George, in which a cat smoking a cigarette smiles from his perch beside a cocktail glass.


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