Saul Steinberg: Facing the Facts (Through Drawing On-Site)

By Fred Lynch Nearly everyone has seen the drawings of Saul Steinberg. He was one of the most brilliant and celebrated illustrators of the last century. But one kind of drawing was particularly difficult for him, and that was drawing from life – from observation. He was no urban sketcher, but at one point in his life, he certainly learned it’s value. That’s what’s revealed in Reflections and Shadows, an interesting book assembled from interviews with Steinberg from the 1970’s by Aldo Buzzi. Saul Steinberg wasn’t schooled as an artist or illustrator. He was trained as an architect. And it wasn’t until he was in architecture school, in Italy, that he […]