Satirical Eugenics Illustration

Artist:Gustav Michelson
Date:1915-20
Medium:Pen & Ink Drawing
Dimensions:Sight Size 16 1/4" x 12 1/2" Framed 27 1/2" x 23 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Newspaper Illustration
Price:$1,400.00 on sale $1,050.00
Above: Detail of Illustration
Above: Full view of Illustration with Marks

A topical newspaper illustration (presumably for the Hearst Newspapers) confronting the dilemma of Eugenics. In the 1910s-20s the United States was faced with the question of whether individuals should marry with a mind towards creating superior babies through genetic family planning.

This cartoon finds this notion farfetched and we see love conquering science to the shock and delight of a couple now free to live as their hearts command. A very sophisticated topical take on a preeminent question of the early 20th Century. In a stylish contemporary fine gilded wood frame.

Above: Detail of Cupid
Above: Framed View
Above: Detail of Woman
Above: Detail of Frame

About the Artist

Above: Closeup of Artist Signature

Gustav Michelson was born in Boston, MA in 1884.

Michelson studied art at the Boston Latin School and the Art Students League in NYC. He drew scenes of famous criminal cases for the Hearst papers in New York and Boston, and his illustrations appeared on the covers of McCalls and Harpers magazines.

During the 1920s, he was a resident of Hollywood and painted many posters of movie stars for Columbia Pictures.

He retired from commercial art in the late 1940s to concentrate on portraiture.

Michelson died in Queens, New York on March 7, 1964.



 

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