Wednesday, December 30, 2009

David Levine -- December 20, 1926 to Yesterday

David Levine, called by The Times, in its majesty, a "biting caricaturist," died yesterday. I bring it up because, push comes to shove, he and I labored in the same fields. Consider this:

And this:

The first is a self-portrait of Levine. Although, truth be told, when I first saw it I thought it was William F. Buckley, Jr.

The second is, of course, "Self portrait #2 (That Boy Could Sure Eat Some Beets)". By yours truly. Obviously.

I love his portrait of Lyndon Johnson showing us his scar. While perhaps not perfectly rendered, the scar itself is in the shape of South Vietnam.


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