Unseen Kovarsky, Pt. 3! More Unpublished Work by the Great New Yorker Artist

Here at Ink Spill, we are celebrating the upcoming must-see exhibit, “Kovarsky’s World: Covers and Cartoons from The New Yorker” at The Society of Illustrators.

  This is the third in a series of unpublished artwork by the late great Mr. Kovarsky, who contributed to The New Yorker from 1947 through 1969. My sincerest thanks to the Kovarsky family for sharing these pieces with us. 

Note: all work shown here is copyright the Estate of Anatol Kovarsky

 Today’s post is book-ended by two pieces titled “Season’s Greetings” — the one above (dated 1969) and the black & white drawing appearing at the end of this post. In between, three drawings with subjects Mr. Kovarsky returned to over the years. If you happened to have read the piece on this site few years back about the Spill’s visit with Mr. Kovarsky you might remember that his wife, Lucille, told us that the large studio Kovarsky once used in lower Manhattan was divided in two: one part for doing drawings, the other for paintings. Lucille said, β€œHe would switch from one to the other.”  I can’t help but believe the division blended from time-to-time resulting in the many many drawings he did of an artist at his easel such as the multi-panel piece below from the mid 1950s.  Kovarsky was one of the few New Yorker artists able to produce an abundance of un-captioned work. The Trojan Horse drawing (directly below the artist & model multi-panel) is an excellent example.


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