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Denys Wortman's New York: Portrait of the City in the 30s and 40s Paperback – November 10, 2010
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About the Author
Denys Wortman (1887–1954) was born in Saugerties, New York. He studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, where his classmates included George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, and Edward Hopper. In 1924, he took over the comic feature Metropolitan Movies in the pages of the New York World and found his true passion as a cartoonist.
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There are over 200 pencil drawings selected from the 5000 drawn by Denys Wortman, a cartoonist, born in 1887.
Each drawing is a beautiful snapshot of the life back them, captured in time. You can really feel how the New York city was like. You can see the roads jammed with classic Henry Ford cars, beach goers at Coney Island, roses were 2 cents then, workers at their old offices filled with papers and forms, Grand Central Station and how it has not changed, rainy day with running pedestrians on the streets, the ceiling fan on the subway train, Radio City wasn't finished yet, and so many more. There are so many interesting people to see.
The drawings filled with details waiting to be discovered. There are also captions with each but they are hand written and difficult to read (at least to me). The pictures speak for themselves anyway.
This book is a gem, highly recommended, especially to sketchbook lovers.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
It is amazingly current in thought and circumstance...perfect timing for its release.
The cartoonist's ability to exhibit character & perspective was brilliant. NYC office life with surprisingly contemporary situations.
Though over half a century has passed, not at all too late to become a tremendous fan of this author.
His illustrations are unbelievably detailed. Unreal how prolific Wortman was. These works had been hidden in storage- a treasure trove uncovered.
It is a superb gift selection & suggestion which is ageless in enabling identification with author's humor or opinion.
An opportunity to share with a new generation or awaken past lives in those who have lived it.
Not necessarily the humor as much as an on target perspective of New Yorkers through Wortman's eyes. Resilience of the city-now & forever!