Cool Caricaturist – David Levine (1926-2009)

David Levine‘s Caricatures are a phenomenon. Levine’s caricatures used to regularly appear in The New York Review of Books. As a child he dreamed of becoming a painter, but to sustain himself, he turned illustrator. he continued to illustrate until the 1960s, when he became a caricaturist for The Review. In addition to The Review, His works appeared in “Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone Magazine, Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The Nation, Playboy,” etc. Wow! Isn’t that something? (Source: Wikipedia.)

View some of his caricatures here (at The New York Review of Books Gallery of Levine’s Caricatures.):

In 2006 (Three years before his death about a month ago,) he was diagnosed with an eye disease that leads to blindness. I don’t think that there’s anything that can make an artist feel worse than a disability that could interfere with his ability to draw.

This post is a tribute to this prolific caricaturist and his art. His caricatures and his confident line-work will continue to inspire us.

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2 comments on “Cool Caricaturist – David Levine (1926-2009)

  1. Our Mom has always admired David Levine (actually, a century ago she had a boyfriend by that name, but that is another story). This year, the Barnes and Noble agenda features his work, with a caricature on every page.

    Caricature is a noble art — and we are enjoying your work!!!

    The Barkalots (sadly,whose only use for paper is to chew it)

    • A caricature by Levine on every page?
      The BN Agenda must be a treasure:)
      I don’t know about caricature being a noble art – I guess when you are the subject, you think otherwise:) – This is also true about chewing the paper – it’s a noble deed for the dogs – but for the poor overworked humans – it probably isn’t:(

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