Gertrude and George

  • Richard Merkin, Gertrude and George, 1979, pastel on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1979, Richard Merkin, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1985.30.45

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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.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
Gertrude and George
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sheet: 27 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (70.5 x 100.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums Description
pastel on paper
  • Figure group – male
  • Landscape – celestial – moon
  • Animal – cat
  • Landscape – time – night
  • Fantasy
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