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David Levine (1926-2009)

David Julian Levine (1926-2009)

David Levine was widely acknowledged as one of the greatest, and most influential, caricaturists of the second half of the 20th century. Best known as the staff artist of The New York Review of Books, he revived the tradition of American political caricature that originated in the nineteenth century with Thomas Nast, and has been frequently described as equal to Honoré Daumier. However, he sustained an equally distinguished career as a painter, producing figurative oils and watercolours in a poetically naturalistic style. His love of Corot and Vuillard, Eakins and Sargent, pervades his studies of Coney Island and the Garment District. But more fundamental to both his paintings and his caricatures is the fact that he said, ‘I love my species’.

David Levine was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 20 December 1926, the only child of a manager of a small clothing factory.

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