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  • Collection: Mourek Exhibit

YoungArthur_201000229.jpg
Ink drawing published in New Masses (New York). This cartoon refers to the 1920 German film Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). Young has dressed President Coolidge as the sinister Dr. Caligari, echoed the cubist aesthetics…

YoungArt_201002068.jpg
Ink & Crayon Drawing, 14 x 20.5 in. Caption: “The issue that is over and above all other issues; but Mr. Hoover and Mr. Smith do not choose to see it.” This item shows how Young’s socialist politics informed his cartoons on current events. Private…

YoungArthur_201001405.jpg
Ink drawing. This cartoon depicts William Randolph Hearst, a powerful publisher who, at the peak of his success, owned sixteen newspapers. The reporting in Hearst’s newspapers was often sensationalistic, a style which was eventually termed “yellow…

YoungArt_201001631.jpg
Ink drawing published in Art Young and Heywood Broun’s The Best of Art Young (New York: Vanguard Press, 1936). In this cartoon, Young criticizes Republican president Calvin Coolidge by comparing him to Lincoln. Lincoln is depicted as a tall,…

YoungArthur_201001260.jpg
Ink drawing. While William Howard Taft is primarily remembered as the twenty-seventh president of the United States (1909–1913), he actually served longer as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1921–1930). Young’s cartoon refers to this…

YoungArt_201001635.jpg
Ink drawing. Here, Young makes use of themes that had been popularized by the cartoonist Thomas Nast, whose Christmas illustrations of Santa Claus and children had become iconic images of the holiday. In Young’s drawing, the children with stockings…

YoungArt_201001021.jpg
Ink drawing. Young drew hundreds of gag cartoons during his life and often used racial or ethnic stereotypes in them. Readers of the day would have known that Abe and his well-dressed colleague talking about “Christmas spirit” were Jewish merchants.…

YoungArt_201001776.jpg
Ink drawing. This early drawing signed with initials is something of a mystery. We know it came out of a large collection of drawings owned by Young, we know it was pinned to his studio wall, we know it is in his early style and that it is about Dr.…

YoungArthur_201000399.jpg
Ink & Non-repo Pencil Drawing published in Puck. While Young was progressive in many things, cartoons like this one show that, whatever his personal attitudes may have been, he was willing to play to the attitudes of his audience with extremely…
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