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Marx Brothers Art
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 More than a few years ago I began planning and collecting images for this post and now I finally got around to putting it all together. I first became enamored of the Marx Brothers back when I was a kid and New York's channel 5 ran DUCK SOUP one afternoon when I was home from school. As I dove deeper and deeper into books about I discovered an abundance of art related to their films and subsequent careers. They flourished during a fine time for caricature which fit in perfectly with my budding taste in illustration.  So here's a pile of Marx Brothers art for your edification. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. There's plenty more out there but this is a pretty good sampling.



four images above   art: William Auerbach-Levy
The Marx Brothers drawn from life by William Auerbach-Levy during their Broadway run of THE COCOANUTS.

"...During a performance of a riotous musical in which the Marx Brother were convulsing the audience, I was standing in the wings watching their antics, pad in hand. I was concentrating on the movements, oblivious to the gags, but I did hear Groucho say, "We need a quota-is there a quota in the house?" and without warning, Harpo stepped into the wings, grabbed me by the arm and pulled me out before the footlights.
"Maybe you got a quarter in that long overcoat?" Groucho was saying as I found myself in the center of the stage, looking foolish and embarrassed. I'm still waiting for the chance to make Harpo bring his instrument to the studio!"----William Auerbach-Levy, The Art of Caricature, page 130.
























A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935) art: Al Hirschfeld
 Hirschfeld's caricatures of the Marx Brothers for MGM became iconic. An entire post could be done on his drawings of the trio. They adorned several subsequent film posters for MGM, book jackets and even became the jumping off point for other artists depicting the team.





A DAY AT THE RACES (1937)  art: Al Hirschfeld












LOVE HAPPY (1949)  art: B&W cartoons by Virgil Partch

art: Richard Henderson:  "I'll Say She Is," New York Evening Post, July 18, 1924.

"These ran on consecutive days, January 19 - 23, 1925, in the New York Sun. This was toward the very end of the Broadway run (it closed on February 7), so perhaps this was a publicity push to sell the final weeks."---source Noah Diamond





art: Roy C. Nelson for the Chicago Daily News


art: John Decker (c. 1930s) Harpo as Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy

Krazy Kat "Seeing Stars" (1932) Marx Brothers at 3:20

art: Alex Gard (1933)

Warner Brothers, Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes, Harmon-Ising, "Bosko's Picture Show" (1933)

Walt Disney "Mickey's Gala Premier" (1933) art: above, concept drawing by animator Charles Couch.


art: T. Hee (1935)

art: Salvador Dali, "Groucho as a the Shiva of big business"
art: Salvador Dali, "A party in the desert, the Marx Brothers Orchestra in a gondola"





art: Lou Hirschman (1938)
Caption: Harpo Marx as Hirshman sees him. His hat is a money belt, his hair, tomatoes; his eyes are marshmallows and his nose a potato. He has an oversize frankfurter for a mouth and forks for arms.

Walt Disney "The Autograph Hound" (1939)





art: above three by James Thurber
"Only faintly visible on the horse's ass is Groucho's image which has been almost totally erased by Groucho."----source The Marx Brothers Scrapbook

Warner Brothers Merry Melody "Hollywood Steps Out" (1941)


art: Otto Soglow (1942)

(1944)

Bugs Bunny disguised as Groucho Marx in "Slick Hare" (1947). It's been said that the character of Bugs Bunny was based on Groucho Marx with the carrot substituting for Groucho's cigar.
Bugs Bunny Slick Hare (1947)

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“GROUCHO MARX CHEERIOS HALL OF FUN POP-OUT” (1949)  from series of “8 Famous Funny Faces.” Back panel has simulated wood frame w/partial image of Groucho and pieces on side panel designed to be cut out and put together to form dimensional image.

“HARPO MARX CHEERIOS HALL OF FUN POP-OUT” (1949)

art: Abraham Ajay (1949)


art: Thomas Hart Benton (c. late 1940s) sketch of Harpo

art: Rube Goldberg (late 1940s)
art: Ernest Hamlin Baker (1951)

art: Bob Taylor (1953)

(1952)

art: Al Parker (1957)


(1958)

(1959)


art: hardcover: Leo Hirshfield, paperback cover: Robert Webber (1963) interior illustrations: Leo Hershfield





art: David Levine (c. 1966)

(1969)


Rankin-Bass (1970)."The Mad Mad Mad Comedians."
The Marx Brothers begin at 11:43.
The show included the Marx Brothers skit, "Napoleon's Last Waterloo," which was a reworking of  a scene from their Broadway play I'll Say She Is (1924).----source Wikipedia
Groucho himself voices Napoleon. Paul Frees provides the voices for all of the other male characters.

art: Joel Beck (1972)


(1972)

1974 four record box set

art: Al Hirschfeld (1974)

1974 re-release poster

1970s promotional button for YOU BET YOUR LIFE, Groucho's 1950's game show, in syndication
art: Randall Deihl (1974)
art: Leroy Neimann (1978)
Book jacket art for "Hello, I Must Be Going, Groucho and His Friends" by Charlotte Chandler
art: David Levine (1979)

art: Andy Warhol (1980)
"This screenprint is part of Warhol’s series "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century" a collection of portraits of historically iconic Jews, such as physicist Albert Einstein and French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt. This particular image was sourced from the 1946 film A Night in Casablanca, which starred the Marx brothers. The series of portraits first debuted in 1980 at the Jewish Museum in New York." ---source ARTspace

art: Rob Norrington (1991)
The Simpsons (2009) "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?"


art: Mark Fredrickson (2012)




and finally a Groucho (with Thelma Todd) by me. This was a private commission done several years ago.




Gluyas Williams
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  I first began seeing Gluyas Williams drawings in collections of Robert Benchley essays back in high school. I've admired his work ever since. I was, and am, a huge Marx Brothers fan. In reading about them I found mention of Robert Benchley whom I never heard of. Curious, I started searching for his writings in used book shops. Finding them I also found Gluyas Williams. Thanks, Groucho.
 GLUYAS WILLIAMS was born in San Francisco in 1888. His early schooling was in Germany, France and Switzerland, and he was graduated from Harvard in 1911. While in college, Mr. Williams was art editor of the Harvard Lampoon, where he first knew Robert Benchley, Frederick Lewis allen and others who were to play a part in later life. After a year abroad Mr. Williams drew for the Boston Journal and Boston Evening Transcript and was art editor of the Youth's Companion in boston until 1920.
 Through the encouragment of Charles Dana Gibson and others, Mr. Williams began to submit to the old Life and other magazines. In 1923 he began a syndicated newspaper drawing (Fred Perley) which he continued for twenty-five years. He (was) widely known for his New Yorker drawings and for his illustrations in many outstanding humorous books...(The Gluyas Williams Gallery, 1957)








selections from "HOW TO GUESS YOUR AGE"
 Text for the drawing on the cover: It seems to me that they are building staircases steeper than they used to. The risers are higher, or there are more of them, or something.
Text: Another thing I've noticed is the small print they're using lately. Newspapaers are getting farther and farther away when I hold them, and I have to squint to make then out.
Text:  Everything is farther than it used to be. It's twice the distance from my house to the station now, and they've added a fair-sized hill that I never noticed before.
Text: They don't use the same material in clothes anymore, either. I've noticed that all my suits have a tendency to shrink, especially in certain places such as around the waist or in the seat of the pants...
Text: Even the weather is changing...Snow is heavier when I try to shovel it.
Text: ...rain today is wetter than the rain we used to get...
Text: ...I stopped for a moment and looked at my own reflection in the mirror. They don't seem to make the same kind of glass in mirrors anymore.












 This post only scratches the surface of Williams's prolific output. The illustrations he contributed to books alone would keep me scanning well beyond my own appointed time with the grave.
This post was inspired by a recent dinner with a few friends including Jonathan Barli, author of VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch. He runs ROSEBUD ARCHIVES which has begun republishing some of William's work in beautiful editions. I recently ordered "The Wide Open Spaces---Panorama Cartoons by Gluyas Williams." Every page a masterpiece printed on 12x16 stock. You'll find this and much more at their site.
Rosebud Archives

Drew Friedman show at SOI
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The Marx Brothers On TV

"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman
Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers.
Short biographies of each comedian will accompany the portraits. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman's personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day.
The Old Jewish Comedians books came about when Monte Beauchamp -- editor and designer of the comics & illustration anthology BLAB! -- asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he'd most like to draw, he thought: "What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!... Old Jewish Comedians!" Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.

All three Old Jewish Comedians volumes will be on sale at the Society of illustrators in a new bound volume created exclusively for the show. Expect to see several of the legendary Jewish comedians at the opening celebration!
The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. This glorious celebration of comedians will be on exhibit through May 3, 2014.
"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?Itemid=113&option=com_myblog&show=Drew-Friedman-Old-Jewish-Comedians-at-the-Society-of-Illustrators-NYC.html#sthash.lUgQWdWF.dpuf
Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers. - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?Itemid=113&option=com_myblog&show=Drew-Friedman-Old-Jewish-Comedians-at-the-Society-of-Illustrators-NYC.html#sthash.lUgQWdWF.dpuf
"Drew Friedman is Better Than Picasso" - Howard Stern

Selection of drawings from OLD JEWISH COMEDIANS

Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx

Jack Benny


Joe E. Ross

Herbie Faye

Milton Berle

Molly Picon

Morey Amsterdam

Joan Rivers


 A special three volume edition of Old Jewish Comedians Will be available exclusively at the Society of Illustrators.






Anelle Miller
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 It was Anelle Miller's birthday the other day. I was going to bake her a cake until I remembered that I don't know the first thing about baking a cake. I made her this collage instead. I thought I'd share it with her many admirers on Drawger. Happy Birthday, Anelle!
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