Saul Steinberg (b. 1914, Râmnicu Sărat, Romania – d. 1999, New York, USA) was a cartoonist and illustrator, famous in particular for his 60 years of illustrations for The New Yorker. He studied at the University of Bucharest and at the Polytechnic University of Milan. The anti-Semitic racial laws promulgated by the Fascist government forced him to start seeking refuge in another country. After World War II, Steinberg continued to publish drawings in The New Yorker and other periodicals, including Fortune, Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Defining himself as a “writer who draws”, he is considered a precursor of postmodernism. Steinberg’s work is held in permanent collections internationally, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; The Baltimore Museum of Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Jewish Museum, New York; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; etc.
Saul Steinberg, Untitled [Knight and Pineapple], 1970, pencil, colored pencil, collage, watercolor, ink, and rubber stamps on lithograph, 23 ½ x 30 in. Private collection.