David Levine, ‘OSCAR WILDE BETTER DEADING THAN READING’, 1964, Chris Beetles Gallery

INSCRIBED 'OSCAR WILDE' ON REVERSE

Signature: SIGNED AND DATED 64

'THE ILLUSTRATORS. THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1837-2015', NOVEMBER 2015 - JANUARY 2016, NO 203

ILLUSTRATED: THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, 23 JANUARY 1964, 'THE AGONY OF OSCAR WILDE' BY SYBILLE BEDFORD (A REVIEW OF H MONTGOMERY HYDE'S OSCAR WILDE: THE AFTERMATH)

About David Levine

David Levine was considered by many to be the greatest caricaturist of the late 20th century, best known for his ink caricatures that for decades graced the pages of the New York Review of Books. During that time, few individuals occupying seats of political, academic, or cultural power escaped Levine’s keen satirical eye. Among his extensive archive are images of Vladimir Putin in a king’s robe, George W. Bush perched on the knee of Dick Cheney and, most famously, Lyndon B. Johnson exposing the scar on his belly from a recent gall bladder operation, transformed by Levine’s pen into a map of Vietnam. Levine’s sensitive and more naturalistic watercolors captured regular people in everyday urban settings; a self-proclaimed communist until the end of his days, he privately confessed to taking greatest pride in these depictions of garment factory workers and painterly renderings of scenes at Coney Island. Levine studied under Hans Hofmann, an instrumental figure in Abstract Expressionism.

American, 1926-2009, Brooklyn, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York

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