Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Bad drawing"


We're having a discussion on Leif Peng's blog about the merits of "bad drawing" and when that started to be acceptable. Leif suggested Ben Shahn was the igniter. I have argued that sloppy drawing was in vogue in left-leaning circles going back to Daumier. To support my case, here are three cartoons from the New Yorker from the 1920s. I concede these are cartoons and so the artists had more leeway to break  rules; Shahn certainly managed to get it into "respectable" illustration.