Sunday, September 28, 2008


In this drawing, the great Saul Steinberg captures different lives in their journey from birth (A) to the end (B).

It's hard to imagine a simpler reduction of biographies to plastic form. I suspect you know some of these people. To understand the discipline that line imposes, you might try distilling your own life, or your own relationships, this way.

Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote,
What can't be said can't be said and can't be whistled either.
But as Steinberg repeatedly reminds us, sometimes it can be drawn.


Anonymous kev ferrara said...

I'm jealous of some of the other scribbles.


9/28/2008 12:15 PM  
OpenID dougsamu said...

The most influential drawing of my life.

9/28/2008 9:20 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

this is not a real sketch- consciousness's flux ?
it's like an improvising jazz-pattern-solo
or pure paranoia's addiction

9/29/2008 8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My life is like that one in the center at the bottom.

9/29/2008 5:24 PM  
Blogger ces said...

I can't choose which one my life is like - my life, at different times, is like each one!

9/29/2008 9:16 PM  
Anonymous elena said...

wow this is the "informal" style !!!
but how many artists we can remember about, in effect ?
i think onehundred... too much even for the history of art , museums and art gallerys

10/01/2008 8:50 AM  
Anonymous anna said...

for me, this is an exemple of automatic writing, in the way of Pollock and J. Cage,an aleatory's drawning melt whit some jazz-solo-patterns

10/01/2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Matt J said...

I managed to visit Mr Ronald Searle last weekend-see my blog for details.

10/03/2008 4:40 AM  
Blogger Rico said...

I LOVE Steinberg... always inspiring.

10/07/2008 6:06 AM  
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11/18/2008 2:00 PM  

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