Lou Hirshman


Artist of Wit in a World of Waste

Louis “Lou” Hirshman, one of the unheralded artists of the 20th Century, was a witty – and serious – caricaturist of the famous and collagist of everyday life. He was a master in translating the forms of the functional into the forms of the familiar by turning waste, throwaways and “invisible” found objects into fine art. His “constructions” – three-dimensional “junk” in relief framed on two-dimensional substrates – satirized the well-known from Harpo to Hitler and Kennedy to Castro, as well as capturing everything from wild beasts to wild fantasies.

To learn more about Lou Hirshman, visit his Wikipedia page and his stories blog. You can also join the Lou Hirshman group on Facebook.

The artist in caricature (1949)…

…and the artist himself .  (1986)




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