Sag Harbor

Media - 1986.6.99 - SAAM-1986.6.99_1 - 9541
Copied Saul Steinberg, Sag Harbor, 1969, watercolor and rubber stamp and ink on paper, sheet: 3040 in. (76.2101.6 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.99

Artwork Details

Sag Harbor
Not on view
sheet: 3040 in. (76.2101.6 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums Description
watercolor and rubber stamp and ink on paper
  • Landscape — New York — Sag Harbor
  • Figure(s) in exterior
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Artwork Description

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