(Mostly) 1930s Al Hirschfeld Movie Posters

Being in the middle of these colorful Al Hirschfeld movie posters seemed like a good place to start a Monday. Especially one in the middle of a pandemic.

Al Hirschfeld was born June 21, 1903 in St Louis, Missouri. Beginning in the mid-twenties, Hirschfeld began documenting every major entertainer in the 20th century. Caricatures were his favorite subjects and his can be seen in so much of our 20th century movie heaven. Hirshchfeld worked until his death on January 20, 2003 in New York City.

Peter Falk as Columbo. Caricature for TV Guide by Al Hirschfeld,1976

This is the one that started my search for more Al Hirschfeld artwork. I fell for it immediately in large part because of this weird Columbo crush I have going on. While Hirschfeld is best known as a pen and ink caricaturist, there were other styles of drawings too – including those like these movie posters from (mostly) the 1930s and 1940s:

1946
1934
1931
1930
1939
1935
1943

1975

I hope you’re all safe and well….thank you for stopping by!

Sources:

The Al Hirshchfeld Foundation

The Line King Documentary which is available with Prime Video.


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