BORN: 1914 in Ramnicu Sarat, Romania
DIED: 1999 in New York, New York
Saul Steinberg is best known for his six-decade career as an illustrator for The New Yorker and other prominent publications. Steinberg's relationship with art began in his father’s book binding and printing shop in Bucharest, where he observed the merging of high-art imagery and commercialism—a theme that would later define the style and subject matter of his own art. Fleeing anti-Semitism and fascism, Steinberg made his way to the United States. While in the U.S., he continued to publish his cartoons during and after World War II, and he exhibited artwork internationally as well. His style is marked by an economy of line and wit, learned during his early years at Bertoldo, an Italian humor magazine.