Saul Steinberg: Illuminations

A perspective drawing of a city and the landscape in the background.

Saul Steinberg, View of the World from 9th Avenue,1975, wax crayon and graphite on paper, Private collection, New York, © The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Saul Steinberg (1914 – 1999) was famous worldwide for giving graphic definition to the postwar age through a dozen books of drawings and hundreds of incisive illustrations for the New Yorker and other periodicals. 


His work is intensely personal, humorous and sharply observant of 20th-century life. Joel Smith, curator of photographs at the Princeton University Art Museum, selected the approximately 120 works on paper and board, paintings, sculpture and other objects featured in the exhibition.

Visiting Information

April 5, 2007 June 23, 2007
Open Daily, 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m
Free Admission


This exhibition was organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mike Wilkins, Sheila Duignan, and Rita J. Pynoos support the presentation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


The accompanying exhibition catalogue was authored by Joel Smith with an introduction by Charles Simic, poet and friend of Steinberg. The book is published by Yale University Press.


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Saul Steinberg
born Ramnicul-Sarat, Romania 1914-died New York City 1999

A draughftsman who does watercolors, collages, assemblages, and oil paintings, Saul Steinberg is best known as the New Yorker cartoonist whose fanciful people and animals uncannily capture the masquerades of modern life.