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The Illustrations for Plays and Unpublished Books


Magic Sound of the Harmonica

Detail from The Magic Sound
of the Harmonica

 

Not only were there books of reproductions of my father's drawings, and the illustrations for a few published books, but he also did the illustrations for numerous plays and monographs which were never produced or published. And in these illustrations he showed his characters as they appeared either on stage or in his imagination.

Here is a small sampling from a large collection of illustrations.

 


 

 

The 1940's

 

 

The Funny Tragedy

(A Play. Water Colors: 11 x 16 1/2")

 

The Funny Tragedy The Funny Tragedy
 

 

 

 

The Funny Tragedy

Saint Peter

Saint Peter

 

 

 

Funny Tragedy

Saint Antoninus

Saint Antoninus

 

 

 

Saint Mary of Egypt

Saint Mary of Egypt

 

Funny Tragedy

 

 

 

Funny Tragedy stage set

First and Third Acts

 

 

The Antechamber to Hell

Second Act Stage

 

 

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Mohammed

 

(A Biography. Water Colors: 15 x 18". Pen Drawings: 11 x 14")

 

Mohammed

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Mohammed

 

 

 

 

Mohammed

 

 

 

 

Mohammed

 

 

 

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Life in Manhattan

 

Arriving from Spain at the end of the Spanish Civil War my father was fascinated by New York, which was so different from Madrid and anything he knew in Europe. Life in Manhattan was his poetic/artistic commentary on the myriad scenes he saw out on the streets. The drawings are a very realistic portrayal (perhaps some of the most accurate) of life in Manhattan in the early 1940s.

There are also at least 140 small sketches, on scraps of paper, remaining: hasty studies performed out on the sidewalk. The illustrations for the book included eleven 13 1/4 x 9 1/4" lithographs and one 17 x 21" lithograph, as well as a water color.

 

Sketches of New York Street Scenes

 

Subway Rockefeller Center

Subway

 

Rockefeller Center

 

 

Crowd in Harlem Museum of Modern Art
Crowd in Harlem
 

Museum of Modern Art

 

 

Show Window - University Place Boogie Woogie at Cafe Society

Show Window - University Place

 

Boogie Woogie at Cafe Society

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The Magic Sound of the Harmonica

(A Play. Water Colors: approx 14 x 21")

 

 

Magic Sound of the Harmonica Magic Sound of the Harmonica

 

 

 

Magic Sound of the Harmonica Magic Sound of the Harmonica

 

 

 

The Magic Sound of the Harmonica The Magic Sound of the Harmonica
 

 

 

 

Stage for The Magic Sound of the Harmonica

The Stage for The Magic Sound of the Harmonica

 

 

 

 

Late 40s or Early 50s

 

 

Edgar Allen Poe

The Raven and The Bells

 

 

 

1950s

 

 

 

The Marywind's Tales

(Water Colors and Pen on Paper: 9 1/2 x 11 3/4")

 

 

"He wrote novels, plays, and histories, and even a children's book, which I vividly remember because I typed up the translation for him. It was a lengthy book entitled The Marywind's Tales and tells of the adventures of a little boy named Billy who is visited in his bed at night by a tiny horse, Pegasy, and a tiny bear, Ursy, who lead him out the window into the night sky and carry him off on several adventures in which he meets such characters as Eversad and Everglad and the Old Town Crier and where in a place called Loafland he receives the Flower of Harmony from Marywind, the wise narrator of the tales."

From Waiting at the Shore

 

 

The Marywind's Tales

 

 

 

 

The Marywind's Tales

 

 

 

 

Billy, Pegasy, and Ursy

Billy, Ursy, and Pegasy

 

 

 

 

The Marywind's Tales

 

 

 

1960's

 

 

 

The Gothic Devil

(Paris. 1960. Pen on paper: 13 x 17")

 

The Gothic Devil Gothic Devil

 

 

 

The Gothic Devil The Gothic Devil

 

 

 

The Gothic Devil The Gothic Devil

 

 

 

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